Opinion: It’s time to break the Alaska Legislature’s habit of secrecy

Legislators are meeting in secret in Juneau on momentous questions that could shape the future of Alaska for decades.

It’s no secret they disagree about the budget, oil taxes, oil tax credits, the return of the income tax, increases in other taxes, whether to restructure the Alaska Permanent Fund and the formula for the Permanent Fund dividend.  

By keeping these arguments out of public view, perhaps fearing an outbreak of candor, legislative leaders have shortchanged Alaskans. This will make it harder for legislators interested in re-election to gain public acceptance if, and when, these matters are settled. Continue…