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How much might closing the state budget gap cost Alaska families

Alaska’s state government has a huge hole in its budget, created by plummeting oil revenues. The state has cut spending for the past several years, but in fiscal year 2017 a $3 billion gap remains between what it spends and what it collects. Closing that gap will require new revenues and more budget cuts – but different ways of balancing the budget would have different effects on Alaska families.

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