Juneau legislators ‘worried’ about upcoming session

At town hall meeting, three-person delegation answers questions about deficit and fiscal impasse

Juneau’s three-person delegation to the Alaska Legislature told a well-attended town hall meeting Thursday night that they are worried about what will and will not happen in the upcoming legislative session.

Alaska faces a $2.5 billion annual deficit in the fiscal year that starts July 1, and the state is not expected to have enough money in its principal savings accounts to make ends meet. Lawmakers will be asked whether they want to spend from the Alaska Permanent Fund, to cut costs, to impose new taxes or fees, or some combination of all three.

“I’m worried about what’s going to happen. It’s an election year and a lot of times, well, every two years, a lot of things don’t happen because people are running for re-election and they’re afraid to tackle major issues. That concerns me,” said Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau.

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