In rare move, AEDC submits motion urging lawmakers' budget decisions

 Midtown Anchorage Sunday 12-11-16
Midtown Anchorage Sunday 12-11-16 (KTUU)
Published: Mar. 15, 2017 at 6:29 PM AKDT
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With so many budget decisions up in the air, a local group has made a rare move, urging lawmakers to get something done about the fiscal crisis.

The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation decided Wednesday morning to submit a motion to lawmakers, pushing for a quick - though not reckless - decision regarding the state budget.

"We don't normally track legislation," said Bill Popp of the AEDC. "But AEDC encourages legislators to come together and solve the state's fiscal crisis."

In a draft of the AEDC Board's letter that was provided to Channel 2, members wrote that they believe Alaska's success is "dependent on focused economic development efforts."

"The only reasonable solution," the letter reads, "is a carefully measured combination of cuts, new revenues, and growth."

According to the same letter, the hope is that everyone can come to an agreement, and soon.

"We urge the Senate, House and Administration to come together," reps wrote, "with the shared goal of protecting and preserving Alaska's future, its economy and the well-being of its people."

Popp said that though people are still spending money within the local economy, being in a fiscal environment that's in such turmoil is becoming more and more problematic for stores and consumers alike.

"It's challenging for businesses and citizens to plan for the future, when they're not quite sure where things are going," Popp said. "Making it worse by not knowing what taxes are going to be, what level of services we are going to have, whether or no there will be mass or moderate layoffs, all create a whole new level of uncertainty."