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ICYMI: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Stands Up for AK Railroad, Rep. Young


In case you missed it:
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ran an editorial in yesterday's paper defending the work of Alaskan Congressman Don Young when it came to protecting Alaska Railroad funds. The editorial also took those in Washington D.C. to task over their continued mischaracterization of Alaska as "nowhere."
Warning signs: Federal rail funding is fair but still poses risks

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial

“Don Young’s Railroad to Nowhere.” That was the headline in the July 10 edition of Politico, an online news operation based in Washington, D.C. The article went off the rails in its analysis of federal transit funding sent Alaska’s way.

Nevertheless, the views it promoted should be a warning signal for the Alaska Railroad.

Young successfully defended that railroad’s funding in June after the Senate threatened to cut it. His effort will bring about $31 million annually to the Alaska Railroad via the Federal Transit Administration for the next two years. It’s a bit less than the state-owned corporation received this year, but it’s an essential funding stream that backs up bonds the railroad has sold to raise money for track work.
read the entire editorial here...

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