The State of Alaska has asked a U.S. Alaska District Court to issue a summary judgment in its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior over the federal agency’s rejection of a state plan to explore a part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The action was filed Sept. 8 in Anchorage. Judge Sharon Gleason will decide the issue.
These are uncertain times for Alaska. Public spending is a big part of our economy and the state government is running billion-dollar-plus deficits. If things continue as they are, we could be out of cash in six or seven years.