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July 15, 2009


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Gregg Erickson

Excellent summary!

Gregg Erickson
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Alaska has been in a recession for 20 years. Mild? You mean fewer bankruptcies because of fewer business starts. Expect the Alaska recession to continue as long as bureaucrats are running the State. Since there will be no change coming Alaska will remain in a static recession as far as the eye can see.

Alaska has become a social dependant and entrenched environmental State run anti-business State. Both discourage private sector jobs. I expect the population to continue to move lower as people leave. The only reason Ak. hasn't dropped 10% of its population is because of the non-skilled migrants coming for the PFD which is offsetting the population loss.

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