Alaska governor cuts funds for cold housing research center

Gov. Mike Dunleavy sits down with Channel 2 to defend his massive budget cuts (KTUU)
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Budget cuts by Alaska's governor include funding for the state's Cold Climate Housing Research Center.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday that the center in Fairbanks was among the line-item budget vetoes signed into law last week by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

The center's $750,000 line-item was among the $34.7 million in cuts from the capital budget.

The center specializes in developing and testing energy-efficient and cold climate-centered building designs in circumpolar regions around the world.

Director Jack Hebert says the veto slashes the center's core-function budget.

Dunleavy vetoed more than $400 million from the state operating budget in June. The Legislature failed to override the vetoes and instead sent Dunleavy a bill seeking to restore many of the vetoes.

Dunleavy has said he will finalize the budget this week.

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