Alaska residents rank 3 state services as low priority

State services like the pioneers’ home, the aerospace corporation and the agriculture division should be Alaska’s lowest priorities, according to participants in a budget conference held by Gov. Bill Walker.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that those three services were the only ones identified as low priorities Saturday during the three-day conference at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Participants were asked to rank operations as critical, medium or low and review their current funding levels.

Nearly every other state service was considered critical by the groups at Saturday’s sessions. Conversations considered how the state could afford to continue to offer services after oil revenue took a free fall.

Department of Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck says the exercise resulted in about $20 million worth of cuts.