As Alaskans continue to assess Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposed budget, seniors could end up some of the most affected.

At a Tuesday question-and-answer session, the second in a series being held by Dunleavy budget officials, residents gathered at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center for information about the state's financial future — and their own.

"We need to take care of them and we have set them up; you know, there are so many issues about being an elder that have a lot to do with safety, and money is a big component to that," said concerned resident Marie Motschman. "Finances is a big component to that; however, there are so many other issues."

Seniors living in the state's Pioneer Homes could face cost increases of 40 percent to 140 percent under the Dunleavy budget, under five service tiers with costs of up to $15,000.

In attendance were Clinton Lasley, director of the state's Division of Pioneer Homes, and Marilyn Stewart, the governor's community outreach manager.

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