• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 43s

Alaska group urges lawmakers to take action on fiscal situation

By Alexis Fernandez 7:59 PM April 19, 2016

A group of young Alaskans wants lawmakers to stop putting off action to fix the state’s fiscal situation. For the past three months, members of the group called Our Alaska have been traveling around the state to educate Alaskans about the issue.

“This is the most boring topic you could ever try to educate an audience on — state finances,” admitted Ian Laing, a member of Our Alaska.

It’s a complicated subject, so Laing is using a game to help people understand what’s at stake.

“Every block you move — you take away from the dividend — has an effect on people,” he explained, pointing out how the game corresponds with what the Legislature is dealing with. “Ultimately people walk away from it with a better understanding, for the challenge and hopefully a little more sympathy for what legislators have to do, what they have to work with.”

Laing said with the state $4 billion in the hole, lawmakers have some tough choices to make. He said his group is worried because legislators haven’t done anything about it.

“The frustration is still what it was at the the beginning, in a sense that there is a lot of concern about the issue as a whole, but people don’t really understand how to fix it,” he said.

The group is using social media platforms, like Facebook, to get the message out to other young Alaskans. The goal is to get more people involved in the conversation, to ultimately put pressure on lawmakers to take action.

For now, he said they’ll keep spinning the game wheel because the game is far from over.

“That’s really the core concern is just giving people some certainty around what’s going to happen, that’s all,” Laing said.

KTVA 11’s Alexis Fernandez can be reached via email and on Facebook and Twitter.

Latest Stories

  • Politics

    Immigration law experts react to SCOTUS decision on travel ban

    by Steffi Lee on Jun 26, 20:40

    The Supreme Court of the United States will hear full arguments on President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries while letting parts of it go into effect. The decision came down Monday. It impacts foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In the 9-0 ruling, justices will not allow the ban […]

  • Politics

    Impasse on oil tax bill stalls special session

    by Liz Raines on Jun 26, 20:33

    Lawmakers are still in special session, but only a handful are in Juneau. The capitol building will likely stay empty for the rest of the week, perhaps longer. That’s because Gov. Bill Walker has only put one item on the agenda– and it isn’t the one either side wanted. Lawmakers were expecting to take up […]

  • News

    Klatt Road roundabout design concerns some drivers

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 26, 17:54

    Drivers in South Anchorage are learning to navigate a new roundabout. Alaska Department of Transportation crews spent more than one month constructing a new traffic circle at the intersection of West Klatt Road and Johns Road. Some people took to social media to voice their complaints about the roundabout’s design, saying the concrete barriers in […]

  • News

    State gets approval for survey work for Cold Bay roadway

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 26, 17:49

    Governor Walker announced Monday the state has received permission to begin survey work that could lead to a road between King Cove and Cold Bay. Walker said he got a personal phone call Monday morning from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke letting him know the state could begin survey work to seek a route with the […]

  • News

    2 Marines badly burned in ground flash fire on U.S. base

    by CBS News on Jun 26, 15:13

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. — A ground flash fire on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar injured two Marines performing aircraft maintenance on an F/A-18 Sunday night, base officials say. The region has been experiencing extremely high temperatures, notes CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-TV. “Both Marines are currently being treated for severe burns at […]

  • News

    Duck pond at Cuddy Park is much cleaner

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 26, 13:50

    A “Don’t Feed the Birds” campaign seems to be making a difference when it comes to the duck pond at Cuddy Park. Thom Eley with the Anchorage Waterways Council said levels of fecal coliform, the bacteria that comes from bird feces, is normally sky-high this time of year, but two recent tests show the levels […]

  • Man wanted for failing to appear on assault charge

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 26, 13:47

    A 19-year-old man is wanted by Anchorage Police for failing to appear in court. Dominik Lacell Spivey has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear related to an assault charge from last March. Spivey is described as 5-foot-10, weighing 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. If you have information on his whereabouts, you’re asked […]

  • Humpback whale breaches super-close to boat off NJ coast

    by CBS News on Jun 26, 13:22

    A New Jersey man videotaped a humpback whale surging out of the water right alongside his small fishing boat last week, and the footage has gone viral. The whale showed up in the waters just a mile or so off the northern coast of New Jersey. Paul Ziolkowski, of Union Beach, caught the moment on […]