By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

Legislators disappointed but not surprised at governor's education funding veto


Southeast legislators said they were disappointed that Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed half of the one-time increase in state money for K-12 public schools, but will try again next year to address education funding needs.

“We heard from school districts around the state that needed the money,” Ketchikan Rep. Dan Ortiz said June 21. The $175 million increase that legislators appropriated for the 2023-2024 school year was a compromise between House and Senate members, Democrats, Republicans and independents, he explained.

The money, which Dunleavy cut in half in his June 19 vetoes, represented...

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