Myths and mistrust distort Alaska budget debate, but we need to heed call of reality
I see two problems that are making it harder for Alaska to negotiate a stable long-term fiscal plan. And negotiate we must, where all of the parties -- low-income and high-income individuals, oil companies, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers -- contribute.
One problem is what I call the why-should-I-jump-first syndrome. The answer is we all jump together.
>The public is not going to believe it when they hear, “Don’t worry, we’ll use Permanent Fund earnings but, trust me, we’ll next dip into oil taxes and income taxes.” I believe any solution must be politically durable, which means... read more
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