State of Alaska Fiscal Policy Outreach Planning

Cady Lister (Information Insights) and Shanna Zuspan (Agnew::Beck) collaborated to prepare a public outreach plan and public meeting materials to help Alaskans chart a path toward fiscal sustainability. Approximately 90 percent of Alaska’s general fund budget comes from oil revenue, which is expected to decrease by 2017. In order to ensure fiscal sustainability, Alaskans need to understand the budget situation and be prepared to identify solutions to budget problems in the future. The Fiscal Policy Working Group, a subcommittee of the House Finance Committee, contracted with Information Insights and Agnew::Beck to prepare a series of meeting materials. These including a website and animated video that explains the budget situation. The materials informed a series of public workshops to help Alaskans engage in a dialogue about their shared fiscal future.