To the editor: Gov. Mike Dunleavy is wrong. Alaska does not need to be a society that damages children’s education, guts its university and takes away from our society’s most vulnerable — the elderly, children, those who are disabled and those who are ill.
The Fairbanks legislative delegation needs to unite to overcome the governor’s line-item vetoes to the budget for pre-K through grade 12 education, the university, social services, senior benefits, behavioral health, the arts and public broadcasting and more.
The governor’s lies about “right-sizing government” are Koch brother-inspired and are really about shrinking government, privatizing as many government functions as possible (no matter the negative impact) and making Alaska’s government favor the wealthy and big industry.
If the Legislature allows those cuts to stand, poorly educated children will never recover, it will be decades before the University of Alaska system recovers and other citizens’ lives will be untenable.
The impact on our economy will be devastating.
Alaskans have always been about helping each other and seeing ourselves as a unique and cooperative community.
We can take care of each other, educate our children and youth and receive a reasonable permanent fund dividend.
I implore the Legislature to override these vetoes. Do not decimate Alaska’s people and economy.