Lawmaker proposes transportation fund

Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2010

JUNEAU - An Alaska lawmaker wants to set aside $1 billion in a fund that would fuel state transportation projects.

Republican Rep. Peggy Wilson said she's worried about declining federal funding for Alaska transportation projects and cumbersome oversight tied to those dollars. Under her proposal, fuel tax revenue now bound for the general fund would be redirected to the transportation infrastructure fund to keep it growing.

Since dedicated funds of this sort are forbidden under the state constitution, Wilson is also proposing a ballot question for a constitutional amendment.

On Tuesday, the Transportation Committee she chairs passed the ballot question resolution on to the Judiciary Committee and began discussing the measure to establish the fund.

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