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5. The Fiscal Gap

5.2 New Revenues to Fill the Fiscal Gap

Any solution to the fiscal gap problem will require new revenue sources. Here is a long list of potential sources, but with the exception of a broad-based personal income or sales tax or use of some of the earnings of the Permanent Fund, none have much near-term revenue-generating power. Only additional oil revenues could produce more than $100 million a year in the short run, but this would probably reduce oil revenues in future years because it would reduce the profitability of new investments.

The fiscal gap is a problem we must face today. Potential revenues from construction of a gas pipeline or the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) are too far in the future to help, and their revenue-generating power, taken together, would not be enough to get the job done.

A new revenue source that really helps to close the fiscal gap must be BIG, SUSTAINABLE, and AVAILABLE.

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