JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker called on Alaskans to pull together, and not panic, as the state faces multibillion-dollar budget deficits amid a fall in oil prices.
Walker struck a hopeful tone in his first State of the State address Wednesday night, saying he sees the fiscal situation not as a crisis but as an opportunity to make impactful changes and challenge traditional ways of operating.
“Now is not the time to sound the alarm, my fellow Alaskans. Now is the time to pull together, to make a plan, sharpen our focus and get to work,” he said.