The spending plan includes a $1.9 billion capital budget for next year, in addition to some items for the current year, including about $95 million to further advance work on the Susitna-Watana hydro project. Meyer said the goals for the capital budget were finish projects already under way, maintain existing assets and include projects that were deemed critical or of greater importance to individual senators.
But Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, said he's been a big supporter of capital budgets in the past but he said he was confused by some of the priorities in this bill. He said there also was a lack of balance, which he said he hopes can be restored on the House side.
That's where the bill is now headed, with just days left in the legislative session.