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Believing GOP's promises is like Charlie Brown trusting Lucy

...economy drags: think of the Reagan Recession of the early 1980s and today's Great Recession. That's because federal revenue falls at the same time that vital safety net programs such as unemployment compensation and food stamps increases. Repairing...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/011411/opi_769849781.shtml
Opinion
Empire editorial: More realistic revenue forecast draws a better budget picture

...generating new revenues through resource development and improving governmental operating efficiencies. The Department of Revenue fall forecast fixes the average price of ANS crude oil at $25.94 per barrel for this fiscal year, which ends June 30...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/120102/opi_edboard.shtml
Opinion
Alaska editorial: Action, realism needed as oil production declines

...officials predicted last spring, more than they forecast last year, and much more than they said in the Department of Revenue fall 2003 forecast book - the first longer-term forecast issued by the new administration of Gov. Frank Murkowski. The...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/122605/opi_20051226001.shtml
Opinion
Empire editorial: Moving special session adds insult to injury

...hard to imagine they're going to muster the discipline to pull this off. The last thing the state needs, as oil revenue falls and budgets shrink, is for the Legislature to hold costly special sessions, particularly if they're going to be...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/060307/leg_20070603015.shtml
Legislator
Rising oil prices again poised to sidetrack state's fiscal fix

...budget-writing process that North Slope oil prices would average about $25.28 per barrel. The state Department of Revenue fall forecast raised its estimate to $27.70. But instability in Iraq, along with plans by the Organization of Petroleum...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/030704/sta_oilprice.shtml
News
Alaska editorial: Face unknowns and choose gas tax system

...Permanent Fund for anything but dividends. And Alaska has no long-term fiscal plan to deal with the years when oil revenues fall short of paying the bills. So the smart move is for legislators to set the new base rate for oil taxes to protect...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/060106/opi_20060601016.shtml
Opinion
My Turn: Alaska seniors help support university activities by buying books, paying fees

...the majority will opt not to take classes. If seniors don't take classes, the burden to replace lost "fee" revenue falls to others. All students at the University of Alaska should be encouraging seniors to take classes utilizing the tuition...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/090905/opi_20050909011.shtml
Opinion
Alaska editorial: Candidates need to remember there are limits to state treasury

...by all Alaskans." Mr. Halcro is right. We hope all the candidates will keep a running tally as they fill the state's shopping cart, then tell voters what they would do if revenues fall and they come up short at the check-out stand.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/100306/opi_20061003002.shtml
Opinion
Empire editorial: Moving special session adds insult to injury

...hard to imagine they're going to muster the discipline to pull this off. The last thing the state needs, as oil revenue falls and budgets shrink, is for the Legislature to hold costly special sessions, particularly if they're going to be...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/060307/opi_20070603015.shtml
Opinion
Consider families-first fiscal plan

...households, and let families decide how to use that money to prepare for the future. When the savings are gone and oil revenue fall to the point where the state needs more money, there's another system that has also worked in Oregon, not to mention...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/011308/opi_20080113022.shtml
Opinion
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