Michelle Norman was asked to pay “an activity fee of $600 and approximately $150 travel fee for each meet out of Juneau.” Last year, Norman paid $275.
Southeast Alaska community leaders hope to restore some ferry sailings cut due to state budget reductions.
Rural residents already complain that state Troopers are slow to respond to serious crimes and dangerous situations. But as of July 1, 30 more Trooper positions have been eliminated.
Last year the Department of Corrections provided about $700,000 to the city to run the jail – that’s essentially Sitka’s entire jail budget.
State officials have rolled out their plan to terminate direct management of state parks in Sitka, including two of the most historic sites in Alaska.
A budget shuffle means most state ferries will sail their scheduled routes this summer. But one ship, the Taku, will be shut down.
Alaska’s public broadcasters dodged a bullet when the Legislature’s regular session ended Monday.
Thousands of people have booked ferry sailings that will likely be cut due to budget reductions. But for now, the ferry system isn’t letting them know.
“The Senate funding is very alarming to us and if that should come to pass, that will be a very dramatic hit to our budget for next year,” says David Means, the district’s finance head.
Juneau residents who testified on the latest version of the state operating budget Monday urged lawmakers to reverse proposed cuts to early childhood education, the state ferry system and public broadcasting.