On prime of his standard request to repair Anchorage’s deteriorating port, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz needs the state Legislature to assist pay for a $fifty two million alcohol and drug abuse remedy middle.
The requests seem in Berkowitz’s annual “want listing” to the Legislature. The doc, submitted proper earlier than the beginning of the brand new session in Juneau, requires cash for native tasks in addition to the passage of laws that might profit Anchorage.
Berkowitz and his deputies hope cash for the port and the brand new drug and alcohol remedy middle will seem on the November poll as a statewide bond.
Ona Brause, Berkowitz’s chief of employees, stated the administration is extra hopeful this yr than in prior years that some port cash will come by way of. In his 2018 price range, Gov. Invoice Walker included $forty million for the port, after various conferences with the Berkowitz administration, Brause stated.
Walker’s finances didn’t embrace cash for the efforts to construct a brand new alcohol and drug abuse remedy middle in Anchorage. The Berkowitz administration has proposed a 200-mattress rework of the Salvation Military’s Clitheroe Middle close to Level Woronzof to incorporate a variety of providers. Brause stated the administration deliberate to satisfy with lawmakers concerning the challenge.
Berkowitz submitted his draft package deal of requests to the Anchorage Meeting on Friday. Members of the Meeting had their very own concepts for what ought to be included.
Vice-chair Forrest Dunbar and Assemblywoman Suzanne LaFrance stated they needed to ask for extra native management over the regulation of app-based mostly transportation corporations like Uber and Lyft.
Assemblyman John Weddleton steered asking for clearer tips for the recall of elected officers, pointing to a divisive recall election that passed off in Homer final fall. State legal guidelines are obscure across the grounds for a recall, Weddleton stated.
The Meeting will talk about modifications to the want record at its second assembly in January earlier than forwarding it to the Legislature.