• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 28s

Senators unveil $1.9 billion capital budget proposal

By Rhonda McBride 10:15 AM April 7, 2014

The Senate Finance Committee rolled out a  $1.9 billion capital budget on Monday morning; a decrease of about $2.2 million from last year.

Overall, the budget focuses on deferred maintenance and completion of existing projects. Throughout the session, lawmakers have expressed reluctance to spend money on new projects.

But the budget did include $10 million for the Susitna-Watana hydro project. Gov. Sean Parnell had asked for $42.7 million, but said the balance was contingent on a land access deal between the Alaska Energy Authority and the CIRI Alaska Native corporation. An agreement has been reached, but focus on a liquefied natural gas project may push the dam to the back burner.

Another big-ticket item not included yet in the budget, but likely to be added later, is a new power plant for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The cost for this project is estimated at $245 million. It’s not clear how much of this the university will receive.

Once the Senate approves the capital budget, the House will take a crack at it and will likely add some items into it. Then the two bodies will meet to merge their spending plans.

In a breakdown by districts, the capital budget spends about $212 million in Anchorage, $146 million for the Mat-Su, $85 million for Juneau and $32 million for Fairbanks.

Some of the big ticket items for Anchorage and Mat-Su area:

  • $45.6 million, UAA Engineering Building
  • $12 million, UAA campus deferred maintenance
  • $11 million, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, rail extension to Port MacKenzie
  • $8 million, Loussac Library
  • $7 million, Blood Bank of Alaska, facilities and services expansion
  • $5 million, Matanuksa-Susitna Borough, Bogard Road extension
  • $5 million, Akeela Development Corporation, public inebriate anti-recidivism treatment program
  • $5 million, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Alaska Gallery redesign and rennovation
  • $4.2 million, UAA deferred maintenance
  • $4.1 million, Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility
  • $2 million, Houston Fire Station and equipment
  • $2 million, Fairbanks Northstar Borough, heating device air quality mitigation
  • $1 million, Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, expansion

A sampling of capital project spending elsewhere around Alaska:

  • $51.5 million, Village Safe Water
  • $37.5 million, State Library and Museum Project
  • $31.5 million, Kwethluk K-12 replacement school
  • $18 million, Kwigillingok Airport
  • $17 million, Seward Airport
  • $11.6 million, St. Mary’s School District, Andreafski High School gym construction
  • $11.9 million, U.S. Army Guard, deferred maintenance
  • $10 million, U.S. Army Guard Construction, contingency
  • $5.5 million, Northwest Arctic Borough, high school residential program and Northwest Magnet School
  • $5 million, Alaska Digital Teaching Initiative, three-year demonstration project
  • $5 million, Department of Corrections, deferred maintenance and repairs
  • $3.3 million, Southeast Alaska Power Agency, Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Reservoir
  • $3 million, Nome, port improvements
  • $1.7 million, Mt. Edgecumbe High School, deferred maintenance
  • $1.3 million, Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association, Pillar Creek Hatchery upgrades
  • $1 million, Ted Stevens Foundation, preservation of historic materials

Latest Stories

  • Politics

    2016 November election: When, where and how to cast your ballot

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 18:54

    The 2016 November election is right around the corner. Early voting kicks off on Monday, Oct. 24 — just over two weeks before Election Day on Nov. 8. Who am I voting for? This is a big election year. Voters will have a number of candidates to choose from for their district’s state legislative representatives, […]

  • Police seek surveillance footage of early morning shooting near Spenard

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 18:36

    No one was injured in a Sunday morning shooting near Spenard, but Anchorage police say a parked vehicle was damaged by at least one bullet. In a statement about the incident, police said they are hoping residents in the area of Eureka Street and W 32nd Avenue will be able to provide surveillance footage or information […]

  • News

    Troopers: Kasilof man killed in late-night crash

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 14:15

    A Kasilof man died in a single-vehicle wreck late Saturday night, Alaska State Troopers report. Someone reported the wreck on Kalifornsky Beach Road to troopers around 11:40 p.m. and did not know where the driver of the vehicle was, according to an online dispatch. When troopers arrived less than 20 minutes later, they found the […]

  • News

    Report: California soldiers must repay enlistment bonuses

    by KTVA / AP on Oct 23, 11:58

    Nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers have been ordered to repay huge enlistment bonuses a decade after signing up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Los Angeles Times reports the Pentagon demanded the money back after audits revealed overpayments by the California Guard eager to fill ranks and hit enlistment targets. Faced with a […]

  • Lifestyle

    New bumble bee, flower fly species discovered in Denali National Park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 10:48

    Two new species of pollinating bugs have been discovered in Denali National Park and Preserve, according to park officials. The new species were discovered during a 2012 pollinator survey in the park, a statement from park officials explained. “I think these two new discoveries really highlight the fact that there is still so much to learn […]

  • News

    Presbyterian church first to present statewide apology at AFN

    by Liz Raines on Oct 22, 19:50

    The Presbyterian church becomes the first religious organization to officially apologize at #2016AFN to @NativeFed for oppression, abuse. pic.twitter.com/xP3gPYPHWz — Liz Raines (@lrainesktva) October 22, 2016 FAIRBANKS – It was a historic moment for the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Saturday. For the first time, a religious organization came before an AFN convention to apologize […]

  • News

    Alaska veterans receive warm welcome home after Honor Flight

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 22, 19:05

    A group of Alaska veterans returned Saturday from Washington D.C., where they visited our nation’s war memorials thanks to Last Frontier Honor Flight. The crowd waiting for their arrival at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport applauded as the veterans disembarked to the sounds of bagpipes from the Alaska Celtic Pipes and Drums (ACPD). The 23 […]

  • News

    SAVEarth project aims to provide homeless Alaskans with boots

    by Eric Ruble on Oct 22, 18:28

    While many Alaskans are celebrating the first snow of the season, it marks the beginning of a tough time of year for people living outdoors. A group from the Lower 48 is working to help Anchorage’s homeless in a big way. SAVEarth is assembling 1,100 pairs of boots with the help of volunteers. Each pair […]