- Associated Press - Saturday, November 16, 2019

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - State Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman said Friday he’s resigning because he doesn’t want to be in a position of arguing a side of an issue he doesn’t support.

Tangeman said when he joined Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration, there was a path for a greatly reduced budget, no new taxes and a full payout to residents from the state’s oil-wealth fund. But the Republican governor faced pushback on the deep level of cuts he proposed, and lawmakers didn’t support a full dividend payout.

Tangeman said realities surrounding the budget and revenues may cause Dunleavy to shift positions and he wants to ensure the governor has a commissioner who is fully aligned with him.

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Tangeman said he’s unaware of any plans by Dunleavy to propose taxes. Dunleavy has said new taxes aren’t going to solve Alaska’s budget deficit.

Dunleavy in a statement praised Tangeman’s work ethic and contributions to the administration. The governor’s office said Tangeman will oversee the upcoming release of the fall revenue forecast and stay on until a replacement is found.

Dunleavy’s new budget plan is due by mid-December.

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