Over the weekend we prepared and submitted our comments to the House Finance Committee on the proposed House Operating Budget (HB 57). Here was the summary:
Alaska is currently in an economic recession. We believe consideration of that fact should drive the evaluation this session of every bill touching on the state’s economy. Things that adversely affect the state’s overall economic situation — or unfairly treat some Alaskans economically compared with others — should either be amended to avoid those effects or rejected.
HB 57 certainly is one of those bills that touch on the state’s economy.
For the reasons explained below, we believe that, in its current form, HB 57 both worsens Alaska’s overall economic situation and unfairly treats some Alaskans. In other words, we believe that HB 57 worsens the recession for both Alaska and Alaskans.
In order to avoid those effects, we believe that HB 57 should be amended in certain respects.
Our full comments are here:
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