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Alaska Senate passes state operating budget


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Senate has approved a spending proposal that would cut education funding, reject pay raises for public employees and otherwise make deeper agency cuts than the House.

The vote Friday evening was 16-4 and followed hours of debate. Notice of reconsideration was given, meaning the bill can be voted on again before heading back to the House.

If the House does not agree with the Senate version an expected outcome the budget will go to a conference committee, where House and Senate negotiators will work to hash out differences.

The version of the operating budge...

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