House budget leaders pass supplemental spending plan

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Finance Committee approved a supplemental spending plan on Wednesday that includes money for the state's tourism industry and past anti-terrorism expenses.

The committee approved spending $2 million for the Alaska Travel Industry Association to market the state to potential vacationers.

It also included about $2.7 million for anti-terrorism costs the state incurred after the Sept. 11. attacks.

The omnibus spending plan is a routine measure the Legislature often takes up to pay for unexpected costs that arise during a year.

National Guard troops were mobilized after the Sept. 11 attacks to secure airports, and state officials increased security at key installations, including the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and the Dalton Highway.

In an earlier bill, the House approved $6 million for a tourism marketing campaign to boost the state's vacation industry after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Senate never acted on that measure and did not include any money for tourism in its supplemental spending plan. Senate Bill 291 passed the House Finance Committee on Wednesday with the tourism funding restored.

House Finance Co-Chairman Eldon Mulder said the measure is expected to go the floor on Thursday.

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