Alaska Senate passes capital budget

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The Alaska Senate has passed a $2.2 billion state capital budget on a 19-1 vote.

Reconsideration was served, meaning it could be voted on again.

Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer said he thought members had done a good job of trying to limit spending while also addressing critical needs.

The bill includes funding to complete the state archives, museum and library in Juneau and the engineering building at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Capital funding in the package is about $110 million less overall than that approved by lawmakers last session.

The budget still must go to the House.

The amount approved was slightly higher than what was reported when the bill left the Senate Finance Committee. Materials provided with the bill at that time weren't completely reflective of updated totals.