I will be on the Dan Fagan Show this Wednesday — the day after New Year’s — to discuss the Governor’s proposed budget, Alaska fiscal policy and the upcoming legislative session. Most readers will have seen my initial reaction to the budget on these pages. If not, they are captured in the following post from earlier this month, “Five takeaways from the Governor’s proposed budget …,” Dec. 18, 2012.
In addition to the issues outlined in that piece, I also will be discussing the approach taken by the University of Alaska-Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) in calculating a “sustainable budget” for Alaska, and what the level of a “sustainable budget” likely is for this coming year. As ISER has previously explained, current generations of Alaskans are shifting a significant “financial burden” to future generations — in essence, taxing future Alaska generations — to the extent the budgets the current generations are approving exceed sustainable levels.
The show is broadcast weekdays from 6 – 9 am on KTBY, Fox 4. It also is available live on the web at The Dan Fagan Show Live. I will be joining the 7 am segment, Wednesday.