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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520, cstalzer@rasmuson.org
Taylor Bickford, 907-227-9718, taylorb@strategies360.com

ANCHORAGE, AK – Plan4Alaska, a project of the Rasmuson Foundation, will host town hall meetings in Palmer and Kenai this week to talk with Alaskans about the state’s historic budget deficit.

Diane Kaplan, President and CEO of Rasmuson Foundation, will present public opinion research findings and introduce the interactive Plan4Alaska Budget Challenge that will allow attendees to build and share plans for addressing Alaska’s budget shortfall. Each event will provide opportunities for audience engagement, with live polling and moderated Q&A. Events will be streamed on Plan4Alaska’s Facebook page.

Palmer Town Hall
The Palmer town hall will be moderated by Elizabeth Ripley and includes panelists Mayor Bert Cottle, Janet Kincaid, and Deena Paramo. The discussion runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 24th at the Palmer Senior Citizens Center.

Kenai Town Hall
Will Morrow, editor of the Peninsula Clarion, will moderate the town hall in Kenai, which runs from 11:30-1:30 p.m. on March 25th at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. Panelists include Senator Peter Micciche and Mayor Mike Navarre.

For more information about the events, please contact Lisa Parker at lparker@rasmuson.org or 907-398-1883.

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Rasmuson Foundation has launched a statewide campaign to talk with Alaskans about the budget deficit, to share facts and options, and to explain the urgency of acting now. We hope this will energize a mandate from the public for elected officials to make the tough choices this year. If we want to preserve Alaska for the future, we need a comprehensive, long-term solution to our budget problems. Learn more at Plan4Alaska.com.