- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has asked his commissioners to look for places to cut agency operating costs.

In a recent letter, Walker called for state agencies to plan for and implement operating cost reductions for the rest of this fiscal year. He said the state would begin looking longer-term at the proper level of government services in the context of existing programs, needs of Alaskans and financial sustainability.

He also asked commissioners to evaluate operating budget cuts of 5 percent and 8 percent from the placeholder budget for next year proposed by his predecessor. In line with that, Walker asked them to assess such things as fee structures and opportunities to privatize service delivery.

Walker requested a list of capital project funding that could be redirected toward other needs.

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