From the publisher
Alaskans need to understand budget facts
July 15, 2021
Could anything be more difficult than getting the Alaska Legislature to settle on a workable, affordable, sustainable fiscal plan for the state?
Yes. Getting a clear majority of Alaskans to accept the reality and the need for a workable, affordable, sustainable fiscal plan for the state probably is more difficult - and yet it has to come first.
Most legislators understand the numbers, even if they disagree or dislike the math and the choices. Many just need a permission slip from their constituents to take the tough votes, especially on the Permanent Fund dividend.
But Alaskans? We're as di...