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Budget director to discuss state's finances in Dillingham

With declining oil revenue and about three years left of reserves to spend, more attention is turning to the state's finances. Budget director Pat Pitney will be in Dillingham on Monday to discuss the issue with residents.

DILLINGHAM: At best, the state has about three years of reserves left to spend, and Legislature and others are looking for ways to cut the budget and increase revenue. KDLG's Molly Dischner reports.

Local representative Bryce Edgmon says the budget is the most pressing issue facing Alaska. He's worried that the cuts considered necessary to address the budget will hurt rural Alaska in particular, and make it difficult to maintain funding for things like the Department of Fish and Game, Village Public Safety Officers, education and other services.

Edgmon says Mnnday's presentation is an opportunity for Dillingham residents to bring both questions and ideas. The meeting is Monday evening in BBNA’s Val Larsen Resource Room at 7 p.m.