To help Alaskans better understand the big budget problems the state government faces, the new Balancing-Alaska’s-Budget Game will be introduced at a free public forum September 19 at UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium. The forum, Alaska’s Fiscal and Economic Future, is presented by Alaska Common Ground and ISER and will examine fiscal and economic issues in a number of ways. A group of Alaskans will discuss and defend their own budget proposals, and audience members will have the chance to vote on those proposals. There will also be a debate between two Alaskans with different visions of Alaska’s likely economic future, and a panel of policymakers will discuss factors influencing future decisions and how the public can have more of a say in those decisions.
The game will provide a new way for Alaskans to think about budget issues. Using a spinning wheel, giant scales, and blocks, game players will try to balance what we spend with how we pay for it. Please join us at this interesting and innovative forum.
What: A free public forum, Alaska’s Fiscal and Economic Future
Where: UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium
When: Saturday September 19, 9 to 4.