Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer, in a move that contrasts a transportation proposal by her Republican opponent Frank Murkowski, presented new initiatives for Southeast transportation and economic development Friday at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Describing the projects as "achievable dreams," Ulmer, Alaska's lieutenant governor, set out goals, including a second bridge connecting Juneau and Douglas, full funding for road maintenance and snow plowing, continued funding of fast ferry service in Southeast and completion of an environmental impact statement for Juneau access.
The state Habitat Division has a reputation of delaying and derailing major construction projects and a change is overdue, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Monday. Responding to criticism sparked by his decision to reorganize the division and give its permitting duties to the state Department of Natural Resources, Murkowski made a case for lessening its power.
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