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February 4, 2011

Earmark ban a ‘kick in the gut' for Alaska

  • The Alaska delegation secured nearly $1 billion in earmarks — much of that, for military base improvements — in fiscal years 2009-10.
    Associated Press

    JUNEAU, Alaska — For Alaskans, the recent ban on federal earmarks brings to an end a decades-long era in which the young and still-developing state has routinely, and heavily, relied upon those funds for basics like roads or sewer systems.

    State and community leaders knew this day was coming, given the escalating political rhetoric. But many weren't quite ready for it and worry about what it will mean for them.

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