Letter to the Editor
September 8th, 2017 | Staff Report
Addressing bottom line
Many thanks to Elise Patkotak, for her commentary in the Alaska Dispatch News (Aug. 30.) I generally, (but not always) agree with her views, but she hit the ball out of the park on this one. For the last year, I have been advocating the reinstatement of our state income tax to drastically reduce our fiscal problem, with much resistance from legislators who are facing re-election.
The bottom line is that we are the residents/citizens of this state; we are the owners; and as such we need to step up to the plate, stand on our own feet, and contribute to provide the government services we all rely on.
The Permanent Fund Dividend payment is a separate issue, that is a benefit created, yes, by our oil revenue, and the foresight of Jay Hammond, among others. That benefit rightfully goes to all of us equally, which especially benefits the low wage earners according to the latest tax plan.
Do not rely on politicians' promises that there is a nebulous solution coming with increased revenues (we should not have to rely on the oil industry), and further government cuts, without any specifics. Let us take on the problem and work to solve it ourselves, so we can be proud of our state.