Alaska House takes up amendments to state capital budget; vote on package pending

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JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska House took up amendments to the state capital budget but held off a vote late Monday.

The capital budget is typically one of the last items in play during the legislative session. It was pushed to Tuesday's calendar. Talks were under way on the operating budget, another piece of the state's overall spending package.

The Democratic-led minority, among other things, sought to restore $52 million in one-time funds for schools between 2016 and 2017. That money was approved last session but the governor and lawmakers proposed cutting it as the state grapples with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

Education funding has been a sticking point in budget negotiations as the lawmakers try to wrap up the legislative session, which had been scheduled to end Sunday.

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