Suggested cuts in state budget bill could impact two Pioneer Homes

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) The place more than 100 Alaska seniors call home is on the chopping block as the state grapples with a nearly three-billion dollar budget gap.

There's a long way to go before the state budget is finalized, but in a budget bill passed last week, Senate Republicans suggested cutting funds for two Pioneer Homes.

Sources tell Channel 2 News, the Pioneer Homes in Juneau and Palmer are the likeliest to close.

Residents would be transitioned out by the end of August.

Still, the health department could make cuts elsewhere to avoid closures and there's still a lot of negotiating to go between Senate Republicans, and House Democrats who oppose the cuts.

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