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For Immediate Release: March 16, 2018

Fast-Track Supplemental Budget Passes Senate

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JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska Senate passed a “fast-track” supplemental budget totaling $110.2 million in funding for urgent and unanticipated state expenses.

“The fast-track supplemental budget is a good-faith effort between the House and Senate to fund the items we broadly agree on,” said Sen. Lyman Hoffman (D-Bethel) co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “As we continue progress toward solving the state’s fiscal problem, it’s important to pay our bills.”      

The supplemental budget includes $45 million to fund Medicaid through mid-May, $30 million for Community Assistance, $18.3 million to pay for an unanticipated increase in the prison population and growing inmate healthcare costs, and $24 million for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

The bill also deposits an additional $25 million into savings realized from the state’s successful re-insurance program, and $5 million was appropriated to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation to cover fees related to higher than expected fund earnings.

Of the $110.2 million appropriated in HB 321, $91.9 are Unrestricted General Funds (UGF), $5.1 are Designated General Funds (DGF), and $13.1 are Other Funds.

HB 321 passed the Senate by a vote of 16 to 1.

The bill is now on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

For more information, contact Senate Majority Press Secretary Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.

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