Updated budget requests would fund Alaska earthquake relief

Earthquake relief would gain funding and public education would lose funding in updated budget requests Gov. Mike Dunleavy submitted to the Legislature Monday.

One supplemental budget request includes $37 million in state spending for the earthquake response. Another $102 million will come from the federal government.

A second request would actually save the state money — nearly $9 million. But that includes cutting $20 million for public schools that lawmakers agreed to as part of the budget deal last spring. That troubled Anchorage Democratic Rep. Harriet Drummond.


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