State House and Senate leaders today appeared to have found common ground in their two versions of the bill helping Alaskans meet high fuel prices this winter. After they spent most of the day in negotiations at the capitol, the House went into session to formalize its part of the simple agreement. The Senate would have to agree to approve the one-time $1,200 resource rebate check to all Alaskans — the core of Governor Sarah Palin’s proposal that was also the basis of the House plan. In exchange, the House agreed to increase the ceiling and put more money into the Power Cost Equalization program.
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau