House version of state budget falls short of long-term help for more school district funding


April 19, 2023

The Alaska House has debated the state budget and, as the representative for southern Southeast, helping to create the budget is one of my main duties. There were some amendments in the House Finance Committee that are encouraging: We increased funding to Head Start, public radio, the multi-state WWAMI medical program to accommodate 10 more Alaska students, dive fisheries assessments, and community-based grants through the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services.

My biggest issue with the current budget is that there is a significant deficit of at least $600 million. I will be the firs...

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