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Governor takes aim at cruise ship monitoring program


August 8, 2019

Mike Dunleavy

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A program that monitors Alaska's cruise ships could be restructured by the governor's administration, officials said.

The future remains uncertain for the Ocean Rangers program, CoastAlaska reported Thursday.

Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed line items equaling $444 million in reductions to Alaska's operating budget in June. The cuts included the Ocean Rangers budget.

The state Legislature restored the program's $3.4 million in passenger fee funding, but another veto is possible, officials said.

The rangers are licensed marine engineers who independently monitor cr...

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