Crawford: Alaska agencies, cities and boroughs are hoarding cash

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Are we having a constitutional crisis in Alaska? The wholesale rejections of budget cuts by the Senate and House are remarkable.

The Senate and House leadership have ignored Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s zero-based budgeting. Fortunately, we are a year ahead in funding our schools, given last year’s forward-funding of this year’s budget. Because the education budget was funded for $1.6 billion last year for this year’s operation in FY 2020, the budget is actually in surplus.

In order to look at the fiscal status of our towns who are screaming for more state money, I went to www.commerce.alaska.gov/dcra/dcrarepoext/pages/financialdocumentslibrary.aspx. On that site of the Division of Community and Regional Affairs, you can find the audited financial statements for each town and borough in Alaska.

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