Study on proposed trail linking Valley and Anchorage OKed in 2023 state budget

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A study looking at just where to construct a pedestrian trail connecting Eklutna with the MatSu was given needed funding while a trio of other Valley trail projects were blocked by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto pen just ahead of the 2023 fiscal year.

The $14.4 billion state budget dictates annual spending for all state agencies and services for 2023 and sets the next Permanent Dividend Fund payment at about $3,200. Alaska’s 2023 fiscal year runs from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. The budget was signed by Dunleavy late last month.

The Anchorage to MatSu connector trail is planned as part of the proposed Alaska Long Trial, a 500-mile

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