03/14/16 - 9:27pm
JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate passed its version of the state operating budget Monday, on the heels of House passage of its own plan last week.
Meanwhile, Gov. Bill Walker said a fiscal plan is needed this year to address the multibillion-dollar deficit Alaska faces amid chronically low oil prices.
“To continue to drag the black cloud of deficits over the top of the state of Alaska for the next several years is not a plan,” he said Monday, adding later: “The urgency is to do it this year so we can get on with our future.”