The governor wants a plan, not a poker face

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The governor needs a plan, not a poker face

The governor had an opportunity to speak honestly about taxes when he announced his 10-year budget plan last month. He had a second chance on January 28th with his state of the art speech.

Unfortunately, he failed both times.

The governor’s 10-year financial plan says the state budget will have a $ 1.2 billion hole in 18 months. This equates to more than 20% of the public services and Perpetual Fund dividends for the next year. This is after the state’s savings have largely been used up over the past 30 years and the revenues from the Permanent Fund have been overshot this year.

It is important and urgent that Alaskans …

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