Our fellow Alaskans,
As our leaders deliberate in Juneau, the goal that all Alaskans share – finding a long-term solution to our state’s fiscal crisis – has not yet been achieved.
Rasmuson Foundation has spent the last 12 months listening to Alaskans from across our great state.
On Wednesday Rasmuson Foundation released research by the non-partisan Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy that was commissioned at the request of legislators, the administration and community leaders who asked for more data about how different revenue strategies would impact Alaskans.
When my father, Elmer Rasmuson, ran the National Bank of Alaska, he strongly believed that communities that invested in themselves were healthy communities. Communities and businesses that showed willingness to put their own skin in the game — through public bonding or simply their own cash — were partners the bank had the confidence to invest in.
When Rasmuson Foundation began its educational campaign about the state’s fiscal challenge almost a year ago, our goals were to ensure Alaskans were aware of the situation and concerned about it. We wanted citizens to become engaged in the dialogue about what kind of Alaska we envision for our kids and grandkids.