Seniority Matters: Alaska Receives More Funding Per Capita Than Any Other State

Senator Murkowski’s Senior Position on Appropriations Committee Means Significant Investments are Heading to Alaska Projects

ANCHORAGE, AK – Yesterday, Roll Call reported that Alaska stands to receive more Congressionally Directed Spending per capita than any other state.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and top Republican on the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, led in delivering these significant investments to Alaskan communities. 

“Alaska, home of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the top Republican on the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, received the most funding per person at $339 and a total of $248.4 million, which is good for 12th nationwide…,” the article reads.

Key Alaskan projects Lisa Murkowski secured funding for in FY22 include:

  • Statewide: $2 million to the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to support development of housing units in rural Alaska.
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: $27.6 million to ANTHC to expand the Alaska Native Medical Center Emergency Department.
  • Fairbanks: $10 million to assess known contamination, remediate, and demolish the Polaris Building. 
  • Fairbanks: $5.4 million to create the infrastructure needed to support research and operations at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ERDC-CCREL permafrost tunnel.
  • Juneau: $420,000 for Alaska Heat Smart.
  • Juneau: $2.5 million to United Human Services of Southeast Alaska.
  • Kenai Peninsula: $3.36 million to expand the leachate evaporation capacity at the landfill. 
  • Ketchikan: $236,000 to Women in Safe Homes to support the final stages of construction of the shelter.
  • Klawock: $1.22 million to purchase needed landfill infrastructure and associated maintenance costs for the cities of Klawock, Craig and Coffman Cove.
  • Kodiak: $3.25 million to replace a wastewater lift station.
  • Kotzebue: $27.7 million to the City of Kotzebue to  construct an access road from Kotzebue to Cape Blossom.
  • Metlakatla: $540,000 for the Metlakatla Indian Community with an emergency backup generator.
  • Nome: $1.5 million to the Nome Community Center to provide housing and public health services for the homeless.
  • Petersburg: $8 million for the construction of a new hospital in Petersburg.
  • Seward: $3 million for the Lowell Creek Tunnel.
  • Skagway: $10.2 million to expand capacity at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Skagway.
  • Sitka: $840,000 to the Sitka Sound Science Center.
  • Southeast Conference: $2 million to Southeast Conference to establish a pilot program for electric ferries.
  • Unalaska: $2.5 million for Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska to build a geothermal electrical generation facility.
  • Wrangell: $2.08 million to fund a connection pipe between the Upper Reservoir and the Water Treatment Plant as a means of accessing the upper reservoir’s water.