Too early to gauge job gains from maintenance plan

Posted: Thursday, July 01, 2010

JUNEAU - It's too early to say how many jobs will be created through Gov. Sean Parnell's deferred maintenance program.

Parnell had urged lawmakers to pass a $100 million package by March 1 to allow work to begin on as many infrastructure projects as possible this construction season. That didn't happen, with one lawmaker saying departments lacked sufficient details on how money would be used.

A package ultimately was passed allowing for bids to go out before the start of new budget year Thursday. But it wasn't signed until June 3, when state budget analyst Jack Kreinheder said agencies could start seeking bids.

He said the construction industry will get a "significant" boost from the effort but it will be slower in coming and more spread out.

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