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Understanding the Alaska Budget – Challenges and Solutions

Ever wanted a better understanding of the Alaska budget situation? In less than an hour, this video clearly and concisely summarizes the challenge and some possible solutions.

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Watch Individual Events

Watch individual segments of the event (as a playlist on YouTube). Jump to the segments you want to watch.

Many individual events are also available on Vimeo.

Watch the full recording of each session.

Video from Sunday Afternoon

Watch the video of the event on Sunday afternoon (available shortly after the event ends).

Featured Resources

Chat Archive from Sunday Afternoon

Read the comments posted during the event on Sunday morning (6/7). Join the ongoing conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #AKFuture.

Live Blog Live Chat: Building a Sustainable Future: Conversations with Alaskans
 

Video from Sunday Morning

Watch the video of the event on Sunday morning.

Chat Archive from Sunday Morning

Read the comments posted during the event on Sunday morning (6/7).

Live Blog Live Chat: Building a Sustainable Future: Conversations with Alaskans
 

Video from Saturday Afternoon

Watch the video of the event on Saturday afternoon (available shortly after the event ends). See the schedule below for upcoming live broadcasts.

Featured Resources

Fiscal and Revenue Options (PowerPoint, PDF)

Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck

Chat Archive from Saturday Afternoon

Read the comments posted during the event on Saturday afternoon (6/6).

Live Blog Live Chat: Building a Sustainable Future: Conversations with Alaskans
 

Video from Saturday Morning

Watch the video of the event on Friday 6/5. See the schedule below for upcoming live broadcasts.

Featured Resources

Alaska Budget Overview (PDF)

OMB Director Pat Pitney

Social Media

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #AKFuture.

Chat Archive from Saturday Morning

Read comments posted during the Saturday morning session.

Live Blog Live Chat: Building a Sustainable Future: Conversations with Alaskans
 

Video from Friday Night

Watch the video of the event on Friday 6/5. See the schedule below for upcoming live broadcasts.

Featured Resources

Download the presentation used in Friday night’s event:
“An Introduction to Alaska Fiscal Facts and Choices” (PowerPoint, PDF)

Gunnar Knapp

Chat Archive from Friday Night

Read the comments posted during the event on Friday, 6/5.

Live Blog Building a Sustainable Future: Conversations with Alaskans (Friday evening)
 

Event Schedule Archive

Friday, June 5

6:00-8:30 p.m. (TV & online)
6:00 p.m. Welcome
6:45 p.m. Opening remarks by Gov. Bill WalkerAlaska Fiscal Facts and Choices
Gunnar Knapp Director UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research

Saturday, June 6

8:00-8:45 a.m. (online stream)
8:00 a.m. Overview of Discussion Process
Bill Dann, Professional Growth Systems
1:30-5:30 p.m. (online stream)
1:30 p.m. “Right-size” of Government presentations
2:15 p.m. “Right-size” of Government walk about
2:45 p.m. Revenue Options Overview
Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck
Demo of interactive model
4:00 p.m. Economic questions when considering revenue options
4:30 p.m. Review Sunday’s agenda
5:00 p.m. Wrap Up
UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers
5:15 p.m. End of day remarks
Gov. Bill Walker

Sunday, June 7

11:00-11:45 a.m. (online stream)
11:00 a.m. Revenue scenario reports
by seven groups
1:00-2:30 p.m. (TV & online)
1:00 p.m. Reports from small group sessions
1:30 p.m. Call for volunteers: Taking the Conversation to Alaskans
1:50 p.m. Summary & Closing
Gov. Walker & Lt. Gov. Byron Mallotts
2:15 p.m. Adjournment

Message from the Governor

Governor Bill Walker

Next weekend, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott and I will kick off a series of conversations about the future of our state.

The essence of these conversations is: What do we want our state to look like? What services do we want our government to provide? How will we pay for those services?

As most of you know, the price of oil fell precipitously over the past year, and with it, Alaska’s biggest source of revenue. Alaska’s budget for the coming year proposes to spend $5 billion in state general funds. We expect to receive only $2 billion in general fund revenue. That leaves a gap of $3 billion.
When your family’s income plummets, you have two basic options: spend less, and earn more. The State of Alaska is no different.

We started by reducing spending. My administration proposed a budget that reduces state agency spending by just under $800 million. Legislators made further reductions; the final amount is uncertain until the Legislature passes a fully funded budget.

The fact is cutting the budget is not as easy as it might seem. We have to pay back our creditors for money borrowed to build schools and other infrastructure. We are obligated to pay public employee retirement costs. Our state constitution and common sense dictate the need to provide for public education, public safety, and public health.

Read the rest of the message from the governor…