By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel Publisher 

Guest Editorial: Sen. Murkowski is right: Don't mess it up


February 2, 2023

Sen. Lisa Murkowski succeeded in convincing her colleagues that the Alaska Marine Highway System deserves more federal funding. The proof of her success in helping to write last year’s federal spending legislation is the $284 million in grants announced last week for new ferries, repairs to old vessels, dock improvements and better service to small communities.

The state will need to put up about $105 million in matching funds for the grants. Some of that already has been appropriated and the rest can come during this year’s legislative session.

Besides using state money to cover a share of th...

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