Investing in a stable economy

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – “There are two indisputable facts facing Alaska lawmakers this year: Again, state expenses will exceed income, and the voters expect them to come up with a sustainable plan for the future. This is about the same scenario as... read more

Fiscal crisis not just a math problem

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – “Proposed plans for resolving the Alaska fiscal crisis have one thing in common: They treat our crisis as one big math problem. Unfortunately, how we solve this problem will have long-term implications for public policy (i.e.... read more

Protect dividend, protect Permanent Fund – “The earnings of the Permanent Fund are once again under discussion as the state looks at its fiscal problems. Using Permanent Fund earnings needs to be carefully thought through, as it presents a risk not only to the Permanent Fund dividend but... read more

Dividend bill draws support from unusual allies

Peninsula Clarion – “Legislators on opposite ends of the political spectrum are supporting an Alaska Senate bill to restore the portion of Alaskans’ oil wealth checks cut by Gov. Bill Walker last year.” Read more... read more

Alaska can no longer isolate Permanent Fund dividend – “While no clear consensus seems to be emerging about what the size of Alaska state government should be, there does appear to be conceptual agreement about how to pay for the Permanent Fund dividend, and these are connected.” Read more... read more

Deficit is distant thunder as Legislature convenes

Juneau Empire – “For one day, there were smiles. At times resembling students returning for the first day of a new high school year, the 30th Alaska Legislature convened Tuesday for at least 90 days of business. Among the 60 lawmakers who took their oaths... read more

Sales tax rears its ugly head again – “Yet another sales tax push in Anchorage? “It’s deja vu all over again,” as Yogi Berra might say. This latest of umpteen such proposals over the years comes from Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, who says the city should have a... read more

Senate GOP pledges more budget cuts for Alaska

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – “The majority caucus, helmed by Senate President Pete Kelly, of Fairbanks, announced Monday it plans to cut $750 million of general fund spending in the next three years. The biggest hit would be made this year, with slightly... read more

Alaska Editorial: No state services without costs

Juneau Empire – ” And so it begins, as expected: people complaining about some state-maintained roadways not being cleared of snow fast enough. Well, what do you expect after years of budget cuts to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public... read more