Anchorage Assembly mulls requests to state lawmakers
The Anchorage Assembly is working to finalize its requests to state lawmakers ahead of the 2018 legislative session.
With the state budget crunch, municipal leaders say they're shifting priorities -- focusing mainly on the Port of Anchorage.
In addition to the $40 million Gov. Bill Walker put in his budget for the Port of Anchorage modernization project, the Assembly is asking for hundreds of millions more.
At a work session Friday, the Assembly's legislative committee outlined a request for $298 million for the port, which serves 85 percent of Alaska's population.
Additional requests include:
- $549,000 for the Alaska Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Intervention Program, which is based in Anchorage
- Creation of a community dividend program as a means of revenue-sharing between the state and municipalities
- $52 million to rebuild the Clitheroe substance abuse treatment center
The list of legislative priorities will be introduced at Tuesday's Assembly meeting. The legislative session begins in Juneau the following Tuesday, Jan. 16.
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