PETERSBURG-AK As the co-chair-to-be of the Senate Finance Committee again next year, State Senator Bert Stedman will be in a key position to advocate for southeast project funding. A couple of the big-ticket items on the horizon for the region include the proposed road and electrical intertie between Petersburg and Kake as well as the construction of new ferries to replace the Marine Highways aging fleet. The Legislature approved additional operating funds and partial funding for a new mainline ferry last session and Stedman hopes to secure more. He also expects the state will fund an environmental impact statement for the intertie project. On a trip to Petersburg in late October, Stedman discussed both issues with KFSK matt lichtenstein:
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