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Governor needs a plan, not a poker face


February 4, 2021

The governor had a chance to talk honestly about taxes when he announced his 10-year budget plan last month. He had a second chance Jan. 28 with his State of the State speech.

Sadly, he failed both times.

The governor's 10-year fiscal plan acknowledges there will be a $1.2 billion hole in the state budget 18 months from now. That's equal to more than 20% of public services and Permanent Fund dividends the next year. And that's after spending down the state's savings for much of the past 30 years and after overdrawing Permanent Fund earnings this year.

It's important and urgent that Alaskans...

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