If Alaska school leaders don't like Gov. Tony Knowles' plan for solving the state's financial problems, they can hop on the internet, play with the budget numbers, and eMail his office with their own proposals.

Supporters are saying that Knowles' web site shows how government agencies can include community members in making important civic decisions via new technology.

But the web-based budget--which sparked more than 3,300 visitors and more than 100 eMail responses in just a few days--also drew its share of criticism.

Tip the scales

Late in January, Knowles proposed using an income tax and permanent-fund earnings to help pay for state spending....

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