- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker says he will invite President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Walker’s announcement Tuesday came two days after Obama said he plans to recommend that Congress designate most of the refuge as wilderness, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain

Alaska political leaders have vowed to fight the proposal, which the Republican-controlled Congress will decide.

During a news conference, Walker also said he would send Jewell an invoice for Alaska’s education and health care costs. He said it would show there is an impact to actions taken by the federal government.

Alaska, which relies heavily on oil revenues to fund state government, faces multibillion-dollar budget deficits amid an oil-price crash.

Walker said Jewell is expected to be in Alaska next month.


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