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Legislators pass $5 billion budget in special session

 


ANCHORAGE (AP) – After months of negotiations, the Alaska Legislature on June 11 approved a $5 billion budget that reduces spending while tapping the state’s reserves to help with multibillion-dollar deficits brought on by low oil prices.

The plan now goes to Gov. Bill Walker, whose administration had been preparing for a partial government shutdown next month in case a fully funded budget isn’t reached.

During a news conference that afternoon, Walker said state workers who had been notified they could be laid off will get better letters “advising them the layoff notices have been r...



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