Lawmakers to shoot for March 1 for maintenance

Posted: Wednesday, February 03, 2010

JUNEAU - A co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said lawmakers will try to get the governor's deferred maintenance proposal passed by March 1. But Republican Sen. Bert Stedman said that will be difficult, and he made no guarantees.

Gov. Sean Parnell has urged passage of his $100 million plan by that date so work can begin on infrastructure projects this summer. In his supplemental spending bill, released this week, more than half the funds requested are earmarked for the University of Alaska system and the state Transportation Department.

Stedman, who's part of the Senate's bipartisan working group, said lawmakers share Parnell's goal of getting projects let in time for the summer construction season. He said they'll "shoot" for passage by March 1, and will try to get it done before the end of the session, in mid-April.

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