“We have to take immediate steps as a state to get out of this boom and bust cycle, to stabilize our revenues,” Throne said. “That cycle has plagued us for our entire history.”
Throne, an energy attorney, supports the coal, oil and gas industries, but the state can't expect them to pay for everything, she said. "It's not fair to them, and it's not sustainable."
Fixing it is another matter.
Despite her appreciation for the energy industries, the prices of commodities are out of their control, Throne said, and advocated a wholesale reworking of the budget process and finding other revenue sources by taxing the leisure services and tourism industries.