News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Stedman
For Immediate Release: March 25, 2019
Alaska Senate Approves Funding for Earthquake Disaster Relief
JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today unanimously approved funding to aid communities impacted by the Nov. 30 Southcentral earthquake.
Senate Bill 38, requested by Governor Mike Dunleavy, provides $141.3 million for road and building construction and repairs.
“Today, the Senate moved out a fast-track supplemental budget in response to the November earthquake that has affected so many of our fellow Alaskans,” said Senator Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “We want to ensure the funds are available to aid, in any way we can, the affected communities and citizens.”
Of the $141.3 million in the supplemental budget, $103 million are federal funds and $38.3 million are state funds.
“Last November, Alaskans came together, helped their neighbors, and quickly began to repair any damage,” said Senator Natasha von Imhof, R-Anchorage, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “This bill provides funding to continue the rebuilding efforts, ensuring aid reaches Alaskans affected by the earthquake. Help is on the way.”
The supplemental budget also includes $7.9 million for fire suppression.
“We’re expecting a dry spring and want to ensure we have ample funds available to respond to any fire danger to protect life and safety,” said Sen. Stedman.
SB 38 passed the Senate by a vote of 18-0 and is now on its way to the Alaska House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information, contact Senate Majority Communications Director Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.
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