House passes supplemental spending bill

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

JUNEAU - A $1.7 billion supplemental spending bill has passed the state House.

The measure includes $1.1 billion to forward-fund K-12 education for the upcoming fiscal year and repays a roughly $402 million debt to a state reserve fund. In recent years, both those issues have been priorities of key legislative leaders.

Gov. Sean Parnell included money for them when he submitted his supplemental spending request after a revised revenue forecast projected a $2.2 billion surplus for the current fiscal year ending June 30.

There's also funding for such things as additional Medicaid costs, inmate health care and firefighting costs from last year.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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