Series: How Alaska ended up in an endless fiscal crisis

In this four-part series, writer and former ADN opinion columnist Charles Wohlforth delves into the roots of our state’s fiscal predicament, going back to the early 1980s, when Alaska made big decisions that reverberate today.

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  2. /opinions/2019/10/15/the-top-of-the-waterfall-1980-tracing-the-roots-of-alaskas-fiscal-predicament/
  3. /opinions/2019/10/17/how-the-permanent-fund-dividend-became-the-primary-purpose-of-the-permanent-fund/
  4. /opinions/2019/10/18/1981-82-the-alaska-money-dam-bursts/

Charles Wohlforth

Charles Wohlforth was an Anchorage Daily News reporter from 1988 to 1992 and wrote a regular opinion column from 2015 until 2019. He served two terms on the Anchorage Assembly. He is the author of a dozen books about Alaska, science, history and the environment. More at