Dena Ivey’s well-written column articulated one reason why Alaska’s financial situation is such a mess. Alaska, and Alaskans, can no longer afford to go without a statewide income tax. We do not have existing or potential sources of additional revenue, there is not enough available in a savings account, and the Permanent Fund cannot and should not be the source to finance expenses.
It is irresponsible for Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration to gut programs that will cripple services such as education, medical care, legal advice and more. These draconian cuts will affect people of all ages and income, but mostly those who least have the ability to pay for them on their own: the very young, the elderly, the sick, the poor, those living in remote locations. People will leave, or no longer want to come to, Alaska. We will all be worse off as a result.
— Carol Johnson
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