By GARY WILKEN
ALASKA STATE SENATOR, RETIRED
As the current state budget crisis continues to challenge us, and its potential severity to all of Alaska’s residents continues to evolve and become more widely known and understood, the search for additional revenues streams to support Alaska’s General Fund operating and capital budgets will be methodically and dutifully explored. Each stream will have its own benefits and each it’s own detractors.
Our elected leaders will each have to make a list, some real, some virtual, ranking the order of each of these revenue options. I respectfully suggest a personal income tax should be at the bottom of every list. Alaska may need it some day, but it should be “Alaska’s Last Tax.” I offer my support for this position for your consideration.
By Win Gruening
"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe." - Saint Augustine
Oct. 29, 2015
By WIN GRUENING
FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE
As the Legislature meets again in special session to wrestle with gas line issues, Gov. Bill Walker’s administration continues to advance its agenda of new revenue measures combined with minimal cost cutting.
Using its highly touted Revenue and Expenditure Model as a centerpiece, administration officials and others have held numerous meetings around the state to show Alaskans how various revenue measures will be necessary to offset declining oil receipts.
THE GOVERNOR'S HANDMAIDEN-IN-WAITING: Four finalists were chosen from a field of 18 for the position of executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund.
By Frank McQueary
In the 1970 novel by Robertson Davies, “Fifth Business,” the book’s title refers to a theatrical role that is not hero, heroine or protagonist, but essential to bringing about the finale, when all matters are explained or resolved.
Now that the dust has settled and the vapor trails of Air Force One fade in memory, Alaskans wonder if Alaska was the beautiful stagecraft in Barack Obama’s global warming tableau, or merely fifth business to move his theatrical opus toward its inevitable conclusion.
By Suzanne Downing
A visit to Alaska for most Americans is the trip of a lifetime. Even for a president who travels the world to represent our nation and our unifying principles of freedom, Alaska is a big-deal destination.
As President Obama jets north to visit the 49th state, Alaskans are hoping he will not fall under the spell that we’ve seen happen to other visitors: “Alaska is so spectacular, we must lock it away so that it never changes.”