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Senator Egan expects education, gasline bill decisions in final weeks

There’s less than a month left in the second session of the 28th Alaska Legislature. Activity in the state capital is expected to heat up as the House and Senate finalize operating and capital budgets for the upcoming year and decide on an Alaska gasline project as well as funding levels for schools. Petersburg’s senator, Juneau democrat Dennis Egan says education reforms, funding and the gasline are the big topics in the remaining weeks.

Sens. Dennis Egan, Bert Stedman and Donny Olson (left to right) talk on the floor of the Alaska Senate just before an hours-long debate on SB 138 related to an Alaska gas pipeline, March 18, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)


Joe Viechnicki spoke with Egan about a possible increase in the base student allocation, or money the state pays to school districts per student each year along with other issues.

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Juneau Senator Dennis Egan represents Petersburg, Juneau, Skagway, Kupreanof, Hobart Bay, Gustavus, Excursion Inlet and Tenakee Springs. That senate district changes after this year. Petersburg will be in district with Wrangell, Sitka and Ketchikan and smaller communities of Southeast.

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