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Fiscal Policy Council of Alaska

The Fiscal Gap
What is it?
New Revenues
A Generic Fiscal Plan
Other Proposals
Bogus Solutions



5. The Fiscal Gap

5.3 Principles


  • FAIR — spread the burden fairly and equitably among Alaskans and across industries
  • SUSTAINABLE — preserve financial assets and endowment funds (AHFC, etc.)
  • REALISTIC — close the gap with real measures based on real assumptions
  • INCREMENTAL — phase in measures gradually over several years
  • COMPLETE — show the complete plan and timetable
  • STRATEGIC — minimize short-term economic impact and long-term disincentives to development
  • FLEXIBLE — maximize capability to adjust to changing circumstances
  • EFFICIENT — minimize administrative cost
  • STABLE — maximize revenue predictability
  • TRANSPARENT — keep it simple, logical, and politically possible


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