Senate’s capital budget buys Anchorage LIO but won’t build Kivalina school

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Nathaniel Herz

JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate released its proposed capital budget Monday, and one of its few big projects was a line item to buy the Legislature’s Anchorage offices for $32.5 million, the price approved by a legislative committee two weeks ago.

Missing from the Senate’s capital budget: a request from Gov. Bill Walker to spend $7.2 million for a new school in the Northwest Alaska village of Kivalina.

The Anchorage Legislative Information Office purchase would use money outside the state’s unrestricted general fund — the typical yardstick used to measure state spending. Instead, it would come out of the Alaska Capital Income Fund if the Senate’s capital budget is approved. That’s according to a new version unveiled Monday that was drafted by the office of Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, who co-chairs the Senate Finance Committee.

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