July 31, Alaskans should know whether their state will spend less
of the state’s highway funds on such things as rest stops and trails
and more on the roads themselves.
proposed by Senate Majority Leader Ben Stevens, R-Anchorage, would
force the state to spend no more than 10 percent of its federal
highway money on such amenities, according to the Legislature’s
Web site. A spokeswoman at the Legislature told Land Line July
17 that if the governor has until July 31 to either sign or veto
the bill. If he takes no action, the bill will become law.
Senate voted 11-7 in favor of the measure March 17. The House passed
the bill by a vote of 26-2 on May 17.
“mandate that states expend at least 10 percent of federal Surface
Transportation Program funds on enhancements such as trails and
landscaping,” Sen. Stevens said in a statement. “Over the past several
years, the state of Alaska has expended amounts well beyond the
minimum requirements for enhancements projects that could otherwise
be applied to roadway construction and improvement projects.”