Walker plans event on Alaska’s fiscal situation

Gov. Bill Walker’s administration plans to reach out to Alaskans for their thoughts on the right size of state government and future revenue options.

The administration is scheduled to begin the discussion June 5 to 7 in Fairbanks. It plans to bring together members of the transition team that provided ideas for the new administration last year and possibly others.

A Walker spokeswoman said the administration is working to provide an interactive component so Alaskans also can participate online.

Alaska relies heavily on oil revenues to fund state government and faces projected multibillion-dollar deficits amid low oil prices.

Walker and lawmakers opted to focus on cutting spending before beginning discussions in earnest on additional revenues. Next month’s event will represent an early step in those discussions.