House passes omnibus capital bill

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010

JUNEAU - The state House has approved an omnibus spending bill, adding to it on the way to the vote.

Lawmakers on the floor Sunday night approved spending nearly $76 million to build a new crime lab, a key priority for Gov. Sean Parnell. A plan to use so-called certificates of participation to finance the building over time faltered in the Senate, where some questioned the lab's size and cost.

The bill, as it came to the floor, totaled about $3.1 billion, and included deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects, as well as some operating costs and an authorization to use nearly $400 million in bond proceeds for university, school construction and research projects.

Rep. Mike Doogan said the state's on track to spend about $12 billion, including forward-funding K-12 education and repaying a debt to a state reserve fund. The Anchorage Democrat said that's an impressive number, and can't be sustained indefinitely.

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