Senate vote on budget expected today

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010

JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate is expected to vote today on a proposed $2.8 billion capital spending bill.

The package, which passed out of the Senate Finance Committee late Saturday, had been expected to come up for a vote as early as Sunday.

The measure includes deferred maintenance, supplemental and other infrastructure projects, plus authorization to use bonds for $380 million in education and research projects.

The House would get the bill next. Separate legislation is needed for bond projects.

Gov. Sean Parnell went to Facebook to continue blasting the bill's size. In a posting, he said the Senate has gone on a "spending spree," and that he's met with House members to take "corrective action."

Senate finance leaders have defended the bill as responsible and jobs-based.

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