The House Passes a Budget
By Rep. Dan Ortiz
March 09, 2020
The budget is $4.45 billion in Unrestricted General Funds (UGF), which reflects total state spending. It is a relatively flat budget that is similar to last year and within $10 million of the Governor’s proposal.
Despite the limited spending, we were also able to add back funds for services that we prioritize. One of the most important increases was the $18.7 million to our Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). Pioneer Homes received an additional $5 million. We restored $1 million of the $2.7 million that was vetoed by Governor Dunleavy last year for Public Radio. The Ocean Ranger Program was reinstated. We increased our Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program by $1 million and added monies to the Troopers to hire an additional 36 positions.
The House operating budget did not include a dividend amount, and we will address that appropriation in a different bill this session. Now the operating budget goes over to the Senate for their input. If you have any comments or questions regarding the House budget, feel free to email me at Rep.Dan.Ortiz@AKLeg.gov
Rep. Dan Ortiz
Received March 05, 2020 - Published March 09, 2020
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