Alaska House Leader Says ‘No’ To Cutting Money For Legislators, But Proposes Deep Cuts To Schools

Alaska House leader says ‘No’ to cutting money for legislators, but proposes deep cuts to schools

JUNEAU — An Alaska House leader on Monday unveiled a proposal to slash some $50 million in assistance payments to local school districts, while at the same time blocking a plan to cut $14,000 from each legislator’s annual expense payments.

Homer Republican Rep. Paul Seaton, co-chair of the House Finance Committee, says he wants to cut more than 40 percent from the $116 million proposed by Gov. Bill Walker for school bond debt reimbursement — a program that helps districts pay for construction and major renovation projects.

Based on the state’s projected reimbursement to each school district, the cut would amount to a roughly $18 million hit …

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