Capital budget finally passed
The Alaska Legislature has passed a state capital budget during a one-day special session.
Lawmakers announced a compromise had been reached before convening Thursday in Juneau. Some minority House Republicans criticized the process as rushed and lacking in openness.
The measure includes $20 million for oil and gas tax credits, which would bring the total for credit payouts to $77 million this year, the statutory minimum.
It has another $7 million for a replacement school for rural Kivalina. It also includes $8 million for community assistance, which would bring that program's funding to $38 million.
About $1.2 billion in federal money will pay for most of the budget package.
Passage comes three months behind schedule. The capital budget had been a casualty of legislative bickering over the best way to address the state's multibillion-dollar deficit.