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Rep. Ortiz provides background on State Budget


March 14, 2019

WRANGELL — State Representative Dan Ortiz was present at Wrangell’s town hall meeting on March 6 and gave the audience some context on Alaska’s financial situation, and to go into some detail on what the proposed budget means for several state services. Adjusted for inflation and population growth, he said, Alaska’s budget is the smallest it has been in almost 40 years. Despite this, the state government has been operating with a deficit for several years. As many people are aware, Alaska’s economic fortunes are heavily tied to the oil industry. When the price of oil began to decl...

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