State of the State


Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at 7 p.m.


 


Tonight at 7 p.m., Alaska Gov. Bill Walker will present his second State of the State address since taking office in 2014.


The key talking point of tonight’s address will most certainly be the state’s current fiscal situation. In an interview with KTVA this week, Walker said he’ll present the problems facing the state, but focus heavily on solutions.


“You can’t talk about a state of the state without talking about the fiscal situation that we’re in,” said Walker. “This is all within the State of Alaska to resolve and solve these problems, and the really exciting news is that we can actually do it.”


In a recent Rasmussen poll, 55 percent of Alaska residents who have heard of Gov. Walker’s budget plan support it.


By far the biggest sticking point for residents, when discussing solutions to fixing the state’s budget deficit, has been tapping into the Permanent Fund Dividend.


“If we do nothing, the Permanent Fund will go away in four years,” Walker said, comparing his current budget plan to the status quo.


KTVA’s Liz Raines will have complete follow-up coverage at 10 p.m. live from Juneau.