Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - April 13, 2012, By Matt Buxton
JUNEAU — The legislature today approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Thompson that would create military facility zones aimed at fostering community and private industry support of Alaska’s military bases.
The Fairbanks Republican’s House Bill 316 would give the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs the authority to create military facility zones near bases, which would extend various state and federal incentives to groups hoping to provide support or services to the bases.
Similar programs have been used in Alabama, Arizona, Maryland, Texas and Virginia to lower the cost for the military to operate the base, thereby offering some protection against base closures.
“BRAC rumblings from Congress and the potential movement of the F-16s away from Eielson Air Force Base are just two recent examples of how tenuous it is for us right now; it shows that our ability to keep and benefit from our military — for our economy and our safety — is at risk unless we find ways to better support the costs and needs of the bases while making their missions more efficient to carry out,” Thompson said in a press release.
House Bill 316 now goes to Gov. Sean Parnell for his signature.
To view this article at the source publication, go to http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/18237440/article-Military-facility-zone-bill-approved--goes-to-governor?instance=home_news_window_left_bullets.
The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.