Federal legislation could help Alaska ferry system
August 12, 2021
The 2,700-page, trillion-dollar infrastructure bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could provide tens of millions of dollars, maybe more, to help the ailing Alaska Marine Highway System.
How to use the money - assuming Congress approves the final package later this year, which is far from certain - would be decided by the governor and Alaska legislators next year.
"We can't allow it to be a total replacement of the state's responsibilities," Robert Venables, executive director of the Southeast Conference, said Monday.
He hopes the state would use the additional federal funding to im...