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Sens. Begich, Murkowski vote for $182B spending package

Posted: November 2, 2011 - 12:02am

JUNEAU — Alaska’s senators voted for a $182 billion spending package that they say includes projects important to the state.

The offices of Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich say the package, which funds the budgets of five Cabinet agencies, includes money to ensure that Alaska airports in the Essential Air Service program will continue to have commercial air service.

There’s also money for fisheries, improvements at Alaska’s largest commercial airport, and a satellite to ensure accurate weather forecasts for Alaskans.

Funding was stripped for marine spatial planning.

Begich says he’s glad that programs “essential for safety and quality of life in Alaska” were protected in the package.

House and Senate negotiators must now iron out differences.

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