The Alaska Senate has passed a $9.9 billion state operating budget.
The Democratic Minority offered 10 amendments to the budget, all of which failed.
"I'm going to vote against it, mainly on the subject of education," said Sen. Hollis French (D-Anchorage) on the Senate floor. "I'm disappointed that we didn't add more money for education."
French offered three education amendments on the floor, which would have increased the amount of money allocated per student, and increase money to pre-kindergarten schooling and the Parents as Teachers program.
"Parents as Teachers is a program that used to be funded by the federal government," said Sen. Anna Fairclough (R-Eagle River). "Parents as Teachers asked us at least last session to start back filling that money there that the federal government was withdrawing."
Fairclough said the budget represents less than 1 percent growth in government, or about $10 million more than last year's budget.
French, along with Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage), also offered an amendment to reduce state funds for KABATA, the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority.
Both Ellis and French, along with Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) also voted against the budget.
Reconsideration notice was served, meaning it could be voted on again before moving to the House. If the House doesn't agree to changes made by the Senate, the bill will go to a conference committee.
The Associated Press also contributed to this story.
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