Associated Press 

Alaska governor proposes funding boost for public defender


February 23, 2023

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday said he is proposing an additional $8.3 million over two years to help address caseload and staffing concerns for the state Public Defender Agency and Office of Public Advocacy.

Budget amendments outlined by Dunleavy in a news conference Wednesday also include funding for positions to help address a backlog in applications for food stamp benefits and to prepare for Medicaid eligibility determinations.

In December, Dunleavy released his budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year, and his administration has also made supplemental sp...

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