Budget woes

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As the Alaska state House and Senate prepare to sit down to reconcile budgets that take a blood-sucking mosquito bite out of state spending but nonetheless continue the dangerous and eventually doomed policy of living on savings, it’s hard to avoid wondering what Roger would think.

Roger would be the late Roger Cremo, an Anchorage pioneer and attorney who urged a permanent fix to the state’s budget crisis after oil prices plummeted in the 1980s and an earlier Legislature ended up in the same predicament as the Legislature of today.

With the statesuffering through the “Great Recession” in the late ’80sand struggling into the ’90s as the economy slowly recovered, the“Cremo Plan”was among the most talked about of various Alaska “fiscal plans” intended to avoid the state once again ending up in the predicament it is in today.

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