Port of Alaska in Anchorage

Anchorage seeks money for port, financial flexibility

Published: December 14, 2016

Associated Press

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz plans to ask state lawmakers to fund nearly $300 million in improvements for the Port of Anchorage and to make several law changes designed to give local governments more financial flexibility.

Berkowitz submitted his legislative request Friday to the city’s assembly. The document includes a list of funding items and bills that Anchorage is seeking from the state Legislature, The Alaska Public Radio Network reported.

The one major capital budget project included on the list is the $298 in funding for the Port of Anchorage, which city officials say is beneficial to the entire state and in need of repair. The request comes after Berkowitz tried to get lawmakers to add $290 million for the port improvement project to the statewide bond package last year.

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