The state’s situation is not dissimilar to my own. Just like I had to sacrifice to scrape by and maintain my independence, so too should the state. We need to cut, and cut deep. We must tighten our belts and live within our means. That means cuts to education, to healthcare, to state services.
Our budget is bloated and we must become fiscally solvent. And besides, I would much rather lose my APS, or my dividend for that matter, than be subject to a state sales or income tax. I budget to my last dime so that I can survive the high cost of living here and put money away for school and emergencies. I see no reason why the state shouldn’t do the same.
From an Alaskan 18 year old student