Alaska’s Fiscal Future – Events in 2019 and 2020
Alaska Common Ground has continued to hold events discussing Alaska’s Fiscal Future. Please scroll down to find information and video from our last three events.
From Conflict to Compromise: Four debates on Alaska’s fiscal options
As projected deficits mount and savings are spent, Alaskans increasingly consider four options to balance the budget. On February 11, we held an event with four mini-debates on the following fiscal options, and started the event with a program statement from ACG board members Cliff Groh and Drew Cason. You can find their presentation slides here.
Making Additional Substantial Budget Cuts
Supporter: Melodie Wilterdink, Associate Director, Alaska Policy Forum
Opponent: Les Gara, Former Legislator
Continuing To Use More Than 50% Of
The Annual Permanent Fund Draw To Help Pay For Public Services, Even If That
Supporter: Scott Kendall, Former Chief of Staff to Governor Bill Walker
Opponent: Rick Halford, Former Legislator
Reinstating Broad-Based Taxes
Supporter: Brad Keithley, Managing Director, Alaskans for Sustainable Budgets
Opponent: Tim Harper, Economist and Consultant
Raising Oil Taxes
Supporter: Robin Brena, Attorney
Opponent: Roger Marks, Petroleum Economist
What kind of Alaska do we want?
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Following up on our forum in January, The Costs of Alaska’s Economic Roller Coaster (scroll down for video and information on that program), this event included Senator Natasha von Imhof, Co-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, who has quantified the problem, as well as Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and a panel of experts providing their vision of a desirable fiscal future for Alaska and how they think we can get there. You can read a summary of the event and discussion here.
by Thea Agnew Bemben
A Senator’s View of Fiscal Choices and Opportunities
- Senator Natasha von Imhof, Co-Chair, Senate Finance Committee – Presentation Slides
Other Experts Weigh in:
- Ethan Berkowitz – Mayor, Municipality of Anchorage
- Greg Razo – VP Government Relations, CIRI
- Mouhcine Guettabi – UAA, Institute of Economic Research – presentation slides
- Larry Persily – Atwood Chair, UAA, Dept of Journalism – presentation slides
Cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Anchorage
The Costs of Alaska’s Economic Roller Coaster
Sunday, January 27, 2019
We’ve been here before. Petroleum revenues have benefitted Alaska greatly, but these revenues are highly volatile and largely at the whim of global forces beyond state control. Alaska Common Ground recognizes that to achieve a strong and stable economy our state will need an ongoing income stream large enough to pay for essential state governmental services. This event will examine the costs of a start-and-stop economy and the benefits of a stable source of state income.
Senator Lisa Murkowski: Serving Alaskans by Working Across the Aisle
Panelists’ Perspectives: Moderated by John Tracy
· Business – Angela Libal, Owner, Title Wave Books
· Banker – Joe Schierhorn, Chairman, President & CEO, Northrim Bank
· Labor – Ryan Andrew, Business Representative, IBEW Local 1547
· Municipal – Larry Persily, Former Chief of Staff, Kenai Borough
· Rural – Greg Razo, VP Government Relations, CIRI
· Service – Mark Schneiter, Schneiter & Moad CPAs
Economist Response: Mouhcine Guettabi, UAA ISER
Event cosponsored by Title Wave Books, the IBEW Local 1547, the Anchorage Public Library, and the League of Women Voters of Anchorage.