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House Republicans roll out budget offer to Democrats in Anchorage hearing

The Republican-led House Finance Committee on Wednesday morning unveiled an  offer to Democrats that seeks to break the Alaska Legislature’s budget stalemate by spending more for education and state workers, but ignores Medicaid expansion.Nathaniel Herz

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