Balancing municipal budgets during COVID-19 | Alaska Insight

COVID-19 has put a strain on small Alaska communities who rely on seasonal income to stay afloat. Lower oil production and low oil prices mean less tax revenue for the state, and countless small businesses remain on the edge. What can and should the state do to keep municipal governments strong?

Lori Townsend is joined by Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), and Nils Andreassen, executive director of the Alaska Municipal League to discuss what’s next for local governments.

Related: Read the latest coverage of the coronavirus in Alaska.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.