- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee plans to advance a state infrastructure budget that co-chair Anna MacKinnon says focuses on providing basics and uses state money to help leverage federal dollars.

MacKinnon says there’s not much to shout about in the capital spending package, which also includes some operating budget items and current-year expenses. The package includes $12.5 million to buy an Anchorage building under consideration for legislative office space.

MacKinnon plans to move the bill from committee Thursday. Once it passes the Senate, it still must go through the House.

Gov. Bill Walker’s budget director, Pat Pitney, said the bill makes a number of fixes the administration supports.

But she says she’s concerned about a lack of funding for deferred maintenance for the university system, transportation department and K-12 education system.

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