Alaska faces an unprecedented crisis.
With the price of oil plunging and a projected state budget deficit of $3.6 billion, Alaska’s students need real leadership in Juneau now more than ever.
With public education funding already stripped to the bone, Alaska’s students cannot afford even further cuts.
Unprecedented challenges call for unprecedented solutions. It’s time to restructure the Permanent Fund to protect the dividend and fix the deficit, diversify state revenue so no one pays too much, and scrutinize state spending without making cuts our state cannot afford.
Join us in telling Alaska lawmakers that they must act now. Help us remind them that responsibly funded public education means a stronger economy, more jobs, a stronger future, and lower crime rates.
Contact your legislators. Sign our petition. Share our page on Facebook. Call our toll-free hotline at 1-844-414-5949.
Let’s put Alaska students first.
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Unprecedented economic challenges call for unprecedented solutions. With public education funding already stripped to the bone, our students cannot afford even further devastating cuts. Alaska’s lawmakers: It’s time to restructure the Permanent Fund to protect the dividend and fix the deficit, diversify state revenue so no one pays too much, and scrutinize state spending without making cuts our state cannot afford.
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Three-Point Plan to Put Alaska’s Students First
Restructure the Permanent Fund to protect the dividend and fix the deficit: Changing how we use Permanent Fund earnings will protect the dividend for years to come, creating a sustainable revenue source for strong public schools and better public safety, while protecting the Alaskan way of life for us and our children.
Diversify state revenue so that no one pays too much: Right now, Alaska is too dependent on the volatile price of oil. We can’t afford to put all our eggs in one basket. Fixing the Permanent Fund is the first step, but we still need to diversify our tax base. The Legislature should pass a broad-based revenue package to spread the responsibility of funding state government to all Alaskans, and potentially the workers and tourists who visit our state and use our services.
Scrutinize state spending without making cuts we cannot afford: The State of Alaska is spending $400,000 an hour more than we have in revenue! It’s clear that the Alaska Legislature will have to scrutinize all state spending: agency operations, megaprojects, tax credits, road maintenance, public safety, and, yes, public education and health care.
In fact, the State of Alaska already cut $20 million in one-time funding for next year. But, even if lawmakers close every public school in Alaska, our state would still have a $2 billion budget deficit.
If we act now, we can continue to invest in public education for a stronger economy, more jobs, safer streets, and a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.