Senate minority: Governor's crime lab is too much

Posted: Friday, March 19, 2010

JUNEAU - The state Senate minority caucus says the governor's proposed crime lab is too big and too pricey.

Gov. Sean Parnell is asking the Legislature for $76 million to finish a $93 million, 84,400-square-foot lab in Anchorage. The new lab would replace an 18,000-square-foot lab built in 1986.

Sen. Tom Wagoner, a Kenai Republican, acknowledges the need for expansion but says what began as department request in 2005 for a 6,000-square-foot expansion has become too much.

Wagoner drew his arguments and information from a 35-page report released this week by the Alaska Policy Forum, a conservative think tank in Anchorage. Wagoner spoke Thursday during his caucus' weekly press conference.



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