Senate passes supplemental budget

Associated PressMarch 19, 2012 

JUNEAU -- The Alaska Senate has unanimously passed a $72 million supplemental spending plan.

HB307 is intended to cover unanticipated costs for the current spending year. It has been billed as a fast-track bill, containing more time-sensitive items. It does not include everything the governor requested but lawmakers say other items could be addressed in another spending bill.

The bill, which passed the House earlier this month, includes $18 million to settle an education lawsuit, $300,000 for a lobbyist to fight base closures in Alaska, $600,000 for fast-ferry litigation and $5 million for the disaster relief fund. Sen. Lyman Hoffman said the measure also includes funding for a low-income heating assistance program.

It also has money for emergency roof repair projects after heavy winter snowfall. The measure next goes to the governor.

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