Parnell seeks more money in amendments

Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2010

JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell is seeking an additional $55 million in state spending for next year's operating budget. Most of the money, about $41 million, would go toward Medicaid.

The budget amendments, released by Parnell's office Wednesday, also include funding for such things as the Office of Public Advocacy and Public Defender Agency, to help address caseload increases, and rising medical costs within the Department of Corrections.

Parnell also seeks authorization to spend $60 million that the Legislature previously allocated to a vessel replacement fund to help build a new ferry.

The director of the Office of Management and Budget said Parnell's overall proposal, including all funds, is about $10.5 billion for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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