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By Dan Ortiz 

Dan's Dispatch: Why We Need a Capital Budget

 

September 28, 2017



Last week, I wrote a letter to the editor outlining specific funds in the capital budget allocated to southern Southeast Alaska. District 36 fortunately received millions of dollars for local infrastructure projects. That being said, the state’s overall capital budget is still miniscule in comparison to previous years. Since 2013, it has been cut by over 55%.

You may be wondering, how is it possible to cut the capital budget by more than half? Many of these cuts are not long-term budget reductions, but are instead deferred maintenance costs that we currently cannot fund while in a defici...



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