Parnell proposes $160M supplemental bill

Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2011

JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has submitted a $160-million supplemental budget to help cover what his office calls unanticipated increases in the costs of delivering services and programs this year.

Medicaid accounts for about one-third of the budget.

In an analysis, Parnell’s budget office cites increased enrollment and spending over the last eight months in the Medicaid request.

Parnell, who sought to limit state agency spending this year, also is seeking $31 million for what his office calls unanticipated agency costs. For example, more money has been requested for housing prisoners and providing inmate medical care.

Infrastructure projects, fire suppression and investment management fees for the Permanent Fund are also included in the budget, which is comprised of federal, state and other funds.

About $44 million of the proposal is state dollars.

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