Lawmakers Complain About Lack of Budget Info

Some state lawmakers have expressed frustration with a lack of information on how across-the-board federal budget cuts will affect health and social service programs in Alaska.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- Some state lawmakers have expressed frustration with a lack of information on how across-the-board federal budget cuts will affect health and social service programs in Alaska.
During a hearing this week in Fairbanks, legislators complained the state's deputy health commissioner, Ree Sailors, was providing vague information. The purpose of the House Finance subcommittee hearing was to help lawmakers get a better handle on the department's multibillion-dollar budget.
Legislators calmed down after Legislative Finance Division Director David Teal said there's a lot the departments still don't know about the impact of the budget cuts, known as the sequester.
Sailors estimated Alaska would receive $4 million less in federal funds but said many of the impacts remained unclear since the cuts haven't been completed.