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When the euphoria dissipates, Alaska will realize that the pot in which it has positioned itself is boiling over.

Reduce. Reuse. Reap a little cash on the side? One of the unpleasant indignities of living on an island in Southeast Alaska is that we are forced — in a very tangible way — to confront how much waste we create. That confrontation comes in the form of a bill. With space at premium, we pay to bale, ship and dispose of much of our trash inside Washington state.

Robert Eugene Chapman, 60, died Feb. 14, 2015, in Ketchikan.
Frances “Pat” Bailey Koons, 82, died Feb. 22, 2015, in Ketchikan.
One more day

This is the last day in 2013 that Alaskans are working to pay their tax obligation.

The Tax Foundation says Tax Freedom Day in Alaska is Saturday. That’s the day on which we will have made enough money to pay our federal, state and local taxes and can start keeping what we earn for ourselves.

Americans as a whole will be working longer than those in the 49th state: Tax Freedom Day for all is calculated to fall on April 18. Overall, Americans spend 29.4 percent of their income on various government taxes.

Tax Freedom Day 2013 is five days later than it was a year ago, according to economist William McBride, one of three authors of this year’s study for the Tax Foundation.

But that is not as long as we’d be working if we were to take care of the federal deficit.

“In order to pay for all spending in the current year, the government would need to raise an additional $833 billion in taxes, pushing Tax Freedom Day to May 9,” the foundation reports.

The study breaks down which sorts of taxes require how many days’ work. Payroll taxes, for example, take 24 days; property taxes require 12 days of work. Individual income tax takes 40 days. (April 15 — three days before Tax Freedom Day — is the deadline for filing federal income tax returns — but anyone who applies for an extension is granted one automatically. Taxes are due April 15, but the paperwork can catch up with the money in October for those who file for extensions.)

Information about how work days and taxes relate can be found on the nonpartisan research group’s website at www.taxfreedomday.org.