Sealaska Joins Native Leadership, Calls on Alaska Legislature to Address Fiscal Crisis

In early May, 2017, Alaska Native leaders called on legislators to find a solution to the State’s fiscal crisis. “Our elected officials must work together to adopt a fair and comprehensive budget that is not solely dependent on oil revenue,” said Sealaska Chair Joe Nelson. “The Alaska Federation of Natives and Sealaska will support fiscal solutions that do not place undue burdens on our rural communities.”

Alaska State leaders are halfway through a special session, to approve a State operating budget among other work, outlined by Alaska Governor Bill Walker.

The Governor issued a statement today, calling on State leaders to do all they can to remove the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over the state. In part the statement says, “Today is the 16th day of a 30-day special session—after a 121-day regular session. I convened the legislature to broker a compromise that fixes our fiscal crisis for good and closes this year’s budget deficit. In doing so, I indicated that I was confident the House and Senate could reach a solution. But, I also said: if significant progress was not made by the time layoff notices went out, I would step in. 

“Our elected officials must work together to adopt a fair and comprehensive budget that is not solely dependent on oil revenue,” said Sealaska Chair Joe Nelson. “The Alaska Federation of Natives and Sealaska will support fiscal solutions that do not place undue burdens on our rural communities.”

2017 Alaska Federation of Natives Fiscal Toolkit 

Alaska faces a period of fiscal uncertainty unrivaled in state history. In the current fiscal year, unrestricted general fund revenue will cover only 40% of the state’s operating budget, leaving a $3 billion disparity between revenue and spending in FY 2017 with only enough savings left to do the same in FY 2018.

Click here to continue reading the AFN Fiscal 2017 Toolkit which includes discussion on:

  • What has AFN done
  • Legislative Proposals
  • Why AFN supports an income Tax over a Sales Tax
  • More
 

Contact Southeast Alaska State Leadership

District Representatives  
Sam Kito - District 33
1.907.465.4767

Justin Parish - District 34
Toll-free 1.800.968.6744

Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins - District 35
Toll-free 1.888.461.3732

Dan Ortiz – District 36
1.907.465.3824

District Senator

Bert Stedman – District R

1.907.465.3873

 

Dennis Egan – District Q

Toll-free 1.855.465.4947

 

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