They might really do it this time

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Let’s hope somebody blinks — and soon. Right now it looks like our state leaders really will kill the puppies at midnight if they don’t get what they want, and nobody seems certain what that is.

Surely they won’t actually shut down the Alaska Marine Highway System or close the Sheldon Jackson Museum, but you never know. These are very strange times. And such measures are at least nominally on the table.

Let’s hope the powers that be turn away from such drastic measures but something big needs to happen in order to balance Alaska’s state budget. My guess is that the issues will be resolved by cutting back on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed Permanent Fund dividend checks, in a painful but familiar maneuver.

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