Alaska Legislature means gas line, spending talk

Legislative leaders say state spending, education funding and plans for moving a major gas line project forward will be among the big issues facing them when they begin work in Juneau this week.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- Legislative leaders say state spending, education funding and plans for moving a major gas line project forward will be among the big issues facing them when they begin work in Juneau this week.

The scheduled 90-day session begins Tuesday.
While oil taxes aren't on the docket, that issue could loom large in discussions about state spending and the gas line project. Voters in August will be asked to decide whether to repeal the tax cut passed last year.
House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt says he doesn't believe the state will get a gas line if it reverts to the old tax system.
Rep. Chris Tuck worries discussion on the issue might get rushed so people can say they voted for a gas pipeline. Many legislators face re-election this year.

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