JUNEAU — If Gov. Bill Walker gets his way, Alaskans will be chipping in to help reduce the state’s estimated $3.5 billion budget deficit.
Walker has proposed sweeping changes, including instituting an income tax for the first time in 35 years.
He’s suggested using the fund that provides annual checks to Alaskans to generate cash to help finance state government. His proposal would change how dividends are calculated, putting the checks at about $1,000 in the near future. The dividend over its lifetime has averaged about $1,150.