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Should the state help pay to pick up Anchorage inebriates?

By Lauren Maxwell 7:14 AM December 13, 2013

Request may go on city's legislative wish list

ANCHORAGE – Some Anchorage Assembly members are questioning whether the city should have to shoulder the entire cost of a program that picks up public inebriates from downtown streets and brings them to the Anchorage Safety Center.

The assembly is considering adding a $500,000 budget request to the city wish list  that will go to state legislators this session. The money would go to help keep the safety program running 24-7.

A study found that up to half of the public inebriates who use the city services most often are not actually from Anchorage. That has some calling it a statewide problem that Anchorage shouldn’t have to pay for alone. Mayor Dan Sullivan said he supports asking the state to chip in.

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