State predicts costs from Salmon initiative

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) The State Supreme Court is expected to rule by September whether voters can cast ballots on the Stand for Salmon initiative.

    The state predicts the initiative would be costly and delay infrastructure projects.  The Senate State Affairs Committee took testimony on the bill in Anchorage.  The initiative would increase the number of streams that the Alaska government must assume have salmon and likely add to staff time for reviews and tests of these waterways.

    The State Department of Fish and Game said they would have to hire more people to enforce the new regulations.  One estimate was $1.3 million over five years.

     

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