New website explains budget challenges facing upcoming Legislature

A new website launched by Commonwealth North offers Alaska residents a better understanding of the fiscal challenges the state is facing.

The website, akbudget.com, offers information on revenue and spending choices to address the projected $1.3 billion dollar shortfall in the state’s fiscal year 2022 budget.

Commonwealth North, founded in 1979 by Governors Bill Egan and Walter Hickel, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Anchorage. It is the oldest, largest public affairs forum in Alaska, with membership open to everyone.

The website was developed by Commonwealth North’s fiscal policy study group.

Once on the website, there is a place to contact Commonwealth North with comments or concerns regarding budget issues.

The goal is to better inform Alaskans, who will then offer their concerns and advice to legislators, who will convene their next session in January.