- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker’s administration is requesting an additional $65.5 million in spending for the current fiscal year.

The supplemental request released Wednesday includes $47.5 million for costs related to the wildland firefighting season. Alaska had its second largest fire season in terms of acreage burned in 2015.

The budget request includes funding to address increased caseloads at the Office of Public Advocacy and cover medical costs and staffing needs at juvenile justice centers.

It also seeks funds for emergency repairs for failing water lines at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center and for the Eklutna overpass.

This is on top of supplemental items previously requested, including $35.3 million for the community revenue sharing fund. The administration also has proposed the use of pension obligation bonds.

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