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By Dan Rudy 

State simulator helps residents learn about budget dilemma


It will take a lot to bring the state budget out from the red, Wrangell residents learned at a special presentation on Oct. 21.

Alaska expects to run a budget deficit of $2.9 billion this fiscal year, even after a round of significant cuts made to departments and capital project spending. When they meet for the next regular session in January, the state’s legislators will have to figure out how to curb spending in future budgets before the government empties its coffers.

In an effort to prepare the public for the debates ahead, the Alaska Department of Administration has been holding a se...

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