Keep the PFD, but then let's pay our way as Alaska citizens
Alaska spends roughly four times more per capita on government than any other sister state, but no other state tries to govern an area so vast with so few people. I am told that our non-government paychecks (for those in the oil, fisheries, timber, tourism, agriculture and mining industries) amount to about 24 percent of those employed while government paychecks, including federal, state and local, add up to 36 percent.
Yes, we can cut a great deal and should. However, sending 20,000 people down the highway will not balance the budget and could well put Alaska into a recession.
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