Another year of state ferry budget stress

Between state budget cuts, a mainline vessel engine breakdown, a halt to port calls in Prince Rupert, B.C., and COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Alaska Marine Highway System has struggled the past year to provide service to Wrangell and the rest of Southeast.

Under the governor's proposed budget for the state fiscal year that starts July 1, the ferry system would have even less money to provide service.

"Woefully inadequate," Ketchikan Rep. Dan Ortiz, who also represents Wrangell, described the governor's budget plan on Dec. 30.

"That's where it is right now," Ortiz said. "We'll try to increa...


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