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House passes $9.8B state operating budget

Posted: March 14, 2013 - 9:50pm

JUNEAU — The Alaska House passed a $9.8 billion state operating budget Thursday, following hours of debate.

The proposal is about $100 million less than Gov. Sean Parnell proposed. It passed 29-8, with Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins the lone minority Democrat to support the bill.

The minority led a number of failed efforts to amend the bill, including to add additional money for education. The proposals were similar to those that Democrats proposed when the House Finance Committee considered the measure.

Legislative leaders have said they want to limit growth of state government and that some tough decisions would have to be made amid concerns about declining oil production. Alaska relies heavily on oil revenues to run.

The measure now goes to the Senate.

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