Since peaking in 1988, Alaskan oil production has been declining, finally leveling off in 1999. As a result, according to the state Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Alaska has been "living beyond its means" for 11 of the last 13 years and had to cut some state programs and services in 2003 due to having insufficient revenue to pay for them - with the likelihood of still more cuts being needed.
For the most part, Alaskans are divided over the proposals for a statewide income tax and a statewide sales tax. Although a quarter of those surveyed support ending the Permanent Fund Dividend Check program and thereby eliminating the need for statewide sales or income taxes, most do not want to do so.
Telephone interviews for this survey of 800 age 18+ Alaskans were conducted from November 12 through 23, 2003. The report was prepared by Jennifer H. Sauer of AARP Knowledge Management who may be contacted at 202/434-6207 for further information. (40 pages)