State Senate decision to divert 50-million from North Slope gasline may not survive

JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Dispatch reports that House Finance Committee co-chair Paul Seaton said Friday he has no interest in taking money away from the Alaska gas line development corporation.

The State Senate's decision to divert 50-million dollars from a North Slope gas line to other spending priorities may not survive in the house.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that House Finance Committee co-chair Paul Seaton said Friday he has no interest in taking money away from the Alaska gas line development corporation.

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously approved an amendment to the Capital & Supplemental budget to steer the gas line money toward schools, road maintenance, and hiring state troopers and prosecutors.

The amendment was adopted without discussion, and Seaton says the senate overlooked details about the effect of taking money away from AGDC.

He adds that trooper and prosecutor hiring is already addressed in the operating budget, so the positions can continue next year instead of paid with one-time funding through the capital budget.

House Finance is scheduled to hold a hearing on S-B 23 today.

 

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