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Alaska lawmakers approve $66.7M for ferry service funding

Added 03-31-20 10:03:01am EST - “The Alaska Legislature has approved a $66.7 million budget appropriation that lawmakers said should keep the Alaska Marine Highway System running for the year.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Alaska lawmakers approve $66.7M for ferry service funding”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Legislature has approved a $66.7 million budget appropriation that lawmakers said should keep the Alaska Marine Highway System running for the year.

Legislators increased the operating budget for the state’s ferry service by around $20 million over the previous year, CoastAlaska reported Monday.

An estimated 42% of the overall $122 million ferry budget is expected to come from ticket sales for passengers, vehicles and freight.

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The appropriation should guarantee at least one ferry is available as relief if another vessel breaks down, Republican state Sen. Bert Stedman said.

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