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Senator hopes for agreement to fund ferries through mid-2020


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP)– A co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Thursday he wants to reach a budget agreement that would fund the state’s ferry system through mid-2020.

Sen. Bert Stedman, a Sitka Republican, said that would allow time for further discussion about management of the system going forward.

Stedman said he views Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget proposal as an “elimination budget’’ for the Alaska Marine Highway System. A spokeswoman for the ferry system has said it hasn’t scheduled sailings past Oct. 1.

Stedman said he wants to see cost estimates associated with...

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