Alaska officials face huge problem — too much money

JUNEAU, Alaska — Sometimes it's the little things that cause the biggest trouble. So it is with Gov. Sarah Palin's tenuous relationship with the state Legislature, dominated by members of her own Republican party.

The two sides are scrapping over $70 million — small change considering the billions in surplus oil dollars the state is raking in. Some lawmakers just can't see any need for quarreling.

"We're drowning in cash and we've got a $70 million dispute," said Rep. Mike Doogan, D-Anchorage. "Did it really have to come to this kind of firefight?"

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