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May 30, 2017 
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I would like to know what you think a comprehensive, stable fiscal plan looks like. The Senate Republican Majority’s current fiscal plan consists of budget cuts, spending limits, reduced PFD, and using our savings to fill the remaining deficit. In January, they attempted to garner support for their fiscal plan by surveying Alaskans’ views on k12 funding, broad-based taxes, and adjusting oil company tax credits.

Their survey’s results showed Alaskans favored a comprehensive fiscal plan that included reducing tax credits for the oil and gas industry, a broad-based tax, and current government spending levels with no cuts to education. In April, our House Majority Coalition passed a fiscal plan with all of these tenets. For more information, there is a table attached below comparing the House Majority and Senate Majority’s fiscal plans.

We are now in Special Session and would like to know how opinions may have changed. This is called a tracking poll, but because of the way it is done it is not scientific. It is your opinion and I want to know what that is.

Please take a minute to take the survey if you haven’t already, and feel free to take it again if you have:


If you would like to see the results of the January survey, please click here.



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House Plan

Senate Plan


Supports a diversified economy and sustainable revenue

Drains savings while praying for oil prices to rise


Keeps qualified teachers in the classroom and educates our kids for the future

$90+ million of cuts to education, fires 700 qualified teachers and staff, ends all early learning, and devastates University of Alaska

Seniors, Elders and Veterans

Honors our seniors, elders, and veterans by keeping Pioneer Homes open

Betrays trust by closing Pioneer Homes putting seniors, elders, and veterans at risk


Keeps more Alaskans working

Cuts result in more job layoffs, mostly in private sector

PFD & Permanent Fund

Guarantees at least $1250/person, Protects the fund for the future and protects the dividend

Limited to only $1000/person, Threatens the fund and strictly limits dividend

Oil Subsidies

Prioritizes Alaskans by standing up against corporate subsidies to oil and works to get Alaskans a fair share

Prioritizes oil companies with $1 million/day tax subsidy giveaway


Prevents deep recession and retains property values

Prolongs recession, costs more jobs, slows rate of recovery


Capital plan for safe roads, bridges, and airports

Threatens public safety with deferred maintenance and little support for road maintenance, snow plowing, and safety improvements

Public Safety

Sustainably funds Troopers, VPSO’s, prosecutors, and programs designed to prevent crime

Funds Trooper positions through a one-time capital budget addition, reduces funding for VPSO’s, fails to address substance abuse and other known drivers of high crime rates

Fish and Game

Champions Alaskan way of life with funding for fish and game

Funding cuts undermine hunting and fishing opportunities


Best Regards,

[signed] David Guttenberg

Ester, Goldstream 1 & 2, Steese East/Gilmore, Steese West, and University Hills