Paul Jenkins, from the Anchorage Daily Planet, is sitting in as guest host this week on The Mike Pocaro Radio Show and asked me to join him yesterday (1.9.2013) afternoon to talk about Alaska fiscal policy. The Planet had editorialized earlier in the day (“More Swell News“) on the report on Alaska fiscal policy released last week by the University of Alaska’s Institute for Social and Economic Research (“Maximum Sustainable Yield: FY 2014 Update“).
The Daily Planet’s editorial concluded:
Alaskaʼs Legislature must follow Goldsmithʼs advice and spend less and save more or there are dark days ahead. … As we have said before: If nothing is done, Alaska in the not-too-distant future will look a lot like Appalachia, only darker and colder.
That is much along the same lines as the Fairbanks News Miner took also in a weekend editorial.
As readers of these pages are aware, I also have written (and intend to write more in the near future) about the ISER report and its implications and, as a result, a large part of the conversation yesterday afternoon revolved around the report.
A podcast of the discussion follows. I joined the discussion from 16:25 to 33:20 and Paul had some follow up words after.