Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Governor Walker looking to trim state budget, seeks input


Recently-elected Alaska Governor Bill Walker sent out letters to state commissioners late last month, asking them to identify potential cuts in their departments by this Saturday. Walker took office Dec. 1 following November’s general election.

Heading into a new session this month, state legislators will be have to confront a $3.5 billion budget deficit for the 2015 fiscal year. Falling oil prices late last year have contributed to the problem, leading to an expected $2 billion revenue shortfall for Alaska.

On Dec. 23 the House and Senate leadership submitted a letter to the new governor...

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