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Tagging inflation to education funding draws fire

By Associated Press 1:29 PM February 28, 2014

Senate Republicans criticize Democrat education proposal

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A bill proposing an inflationary component for the Basic Student Allocation drew strong responses during the Senate Education Committee hearing on Friday.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Berta Gardner, a Democrat from Anchorage, ties the basic student allocation to inflation rates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The bill also calls for an additional increase of $404 per student in the BSA as opposed to Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed BSA rate increase of $85 per student for next year.

Sen. Bert Stedman, a Republican from Sitka, responded that imbedding an inflation component into the budget would cause the state to quickly lose control of the budget in the future.

Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican from Wasilla, added funds might be taken from adult education to raise the BSA.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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