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On Wednesday, February 25, Commonwealth North released our fiscal policy report, The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities. This report is the result of almost six months of deliberative discussions and presentations within our Fiscal Policy Study Group.

With Commonwealth North’s long commitment to a sound state fiscal policy and the state faced with a daunting gap between revenue and spending, CWN’s Fiscal Policy Study Group was charged with an examination of the State’s operating budget to identify recommendations to help reduce state spending.

Over the years, CWN studies have focused primarily on the revenue side of the state’s ledger, working to find innovative solutions to generate increased revenue needed to provide essential services. We have learned along the way it is not enough to just address revenue; instead, a thoughtful approach to rightsizing government is necessary. It’s an uncomfortable conversation for many, but critical if Alaska is to ensure choices and opportunity today and into the future.

We hope with this study to bring focus to the operating budget because its obligations are recurring, and these obligations have increased over 100% in the past ten years.

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2015 CWN Fiscal Report Release PowerPoint (629 KB)
On Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 Cheryl Frasca presented CWN’s fiscal policy study: “Alaska s Operating Budget: “Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities”. This is the PowerPoint presentation she used in the report release at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel.
2015 The States Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities (6019 KB)
With Commonwealth North’s long commitment to a sound state fiscal policy and the state faced with a daunting gap between revenue and spending, CWN’s Fiscal Policy Study Group was charged with an examination of the State’s operating budget to identify recommendations to help reduce state spending.