Envisioned to serve at the Alaska state level as the equivalent of the The Concord Coalition and Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget at the federal, Alaskans for Sustainable Budgets began in the run-up to the 2012 election as an effort to educate Alaskans on the then-rapidly deteriorating condition of the state’s fiscal health.
Now a half-decade on, AK4SB has evolved into a full time, nonpartisan effort focused on developing and maintaining a fiscally strong and sustainable Alaska state budget and economy.
The effort continues as the condition of the state’s fiscal health has now become painfully apparent to even the most casual observer, but as the state nevertheless continues to flounder looking for a solution that doesn’t undermine the state’s private and overall economy in the process.
Those interested in the subject, following and, most importantly, participating in the discussion are encouraged to do so on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (for video presentations). Those interested in a deeper dive may even want to participate also in a Facebook discussion group on the topic that served as the original platform for the effort and today continues to provide an opportunity among those interested to brainstorm and discuss various state fiscal issues and potential solutions.
For those interested in the background and detail of what it takes to make Alaska’s budget and economy sustainable we suggest starting by reading Dr. Scott Goldsmith’s various papers on the subject which are collated and can be accessed here. For those interested in a current summary of both the approach and its application to Alaska’s current situation we offer the following video and accompanying slidedeck from a July 2016 presentation by Brad Keithley, the founder of the effort.