By Dan Rudy 

Walker signs operating budget, Shoemaker waiting on capital


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Boats moored at Wrangell's Heritage Harbor in January. The Harbor Department is waiting on tenterhooks for a capital budget to be adopted by the Alaska Legislature that would include money for a match to replace facilities at Shoemaker Bay Harbor.

Just averting a state government shutdown, Gov. Bill Walker signed into law an operating budget for the new fiscal year, which began July 1.

The budget follows extensive negotiations between the largely Democratic coalition-led House and Republican Senate, whose majorities each offered differing plans on how to address Alaska's multibillion-dollar spending deficit.

"The operating budget was an example of compromise, and an example of both sides not giving in and not exactly getting what they wanted," commented Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-District 36).

He was pleased with some aspects of the budget, w...

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