Budget Crisis Highlights Need For Spending Cap

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner “Once again, irresponsible spending by state lawmakers has left us with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit. This latest crisis underscores the need to tighten the state’s “spending cap” on annual expenditures, and a bill recently... read more

Senators Discuss PFD Restructure Plan

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner “The Interior’s three state senators returned to Fairbanks on Friday to make the case for a fiscal plan that relies only on restructuring the Alaska Permanent Fund and does not contain the income tax the House and governor are... read more

Alaskans Testify Before Senate Finance Committee

Alaskans testified before the Senate Finance Committee on March 6, 2017 about three proposed budget solutions – SB 21, SB 26 and SB 70. The following are excerpts from some of the public testimony submitted: “We would like to express support for the approach to... read more

Senate Finance Public Testimony March 6 at 4P

Today at 4:00 PM, Senate Finance will be taking public testimony on SB70, SB26 & SB21 – all proposals to use Permanent Fund Earnings to help balance Alaska’s budget. If you ever wanted to weigh in, this would be the time. If you are interested in... read more

Constituent Meetings – Feb. 25, 2017

Engaging with legislators is critical to Alaska’s Future. Learn about the latest activities from our State Capitol and share your thoughts on efforts to close Alaska’s $2.9 billion budget deficit. KENAI PENINSULA Feb. 25 – Kenai Area Town Hall Sen.... read more

Alaska lawmakers eye their own budget for reductions

Alaska Dispatch News – “Alaska lawmakers are taking a closer look at their own spending this year as they eye deeper cuts to state agencies and appear likely to ask residents to give up part of their Permanent Fund dividends.” Read more... read more

Why we need an income tax

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – “Our Alaska legislature has convened? What are they going to do about our $3 billion plus budget deficit?” Read more... read more

Alaska governor urges action to address fiscal crisis

Washington Times – “Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Wednesday urged lawmakers to end the bickering and get down to the serious business of resolving the state’s budget crisis, challenging them to put forth a plan if they don’t like what he’s proposed.”... read more