- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska House has passed a $9.1 billion state operating budget by a vote of 32-6.

Minority Democrats proposed numerous amendments that were rejected, including some previously offered in the House Finance Committee. That included $101 million for schools to help avert district layoffs or other cuts.

House Finance members said that discussion should be had when bills dealing with an increase in the per-pupil funding formula reach the committee. Democratic Rep. Les Gara said a goal in offering the proposal on the floor was to keep up pressure to increase school funding.

In committee Wednesday, co-chair Rep. Bill Stoltze said someday these might be looked back on as the “good times,” alluding to the expectation the state will need to rely on savings to get by until revenues increase.

The measure next goes to the Senate.



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