To the editor: I urge Alaska’s legislators to stop Gov. Dunleavy’s budget cuts at this time. His approach is too sweeping and quick, thereby causing disarray and disaster to our economy and quality of life.
My greatest concern is huge cuts to the University of Alaska. Losing UA’s current strong programs directly impacts our state’s ability to move forward with international prowess and respect. We will certainly lose much of our brightest youths who will take us into our future. This will probably include my own college-bound junior high, high school and graduate school daughters. And I have found that the UA system has greatly added to my quality of life through its many music and arts programs such as symphony, arts festivals, community classes, and theater. More cuts to our university system will make my family’s decision to stay in our wonderful state a difficult one.
I tend to vote conservative independent and appreciate fiscal government responsibility. I have worked in the Bush for many years and understand the huge obstacles facing many families and communities. I truly believe that having our government entities strong enough to work with our communities and the federal government will accomplish the most positive outcomes for our families. This cooperative strength leads to much more economy of scale than only paying each citizen some spending money. The argument between giving out full PFD payouts or maintaining key government programs and education correlates to giving a man a fish or teaching him to fish.
Legislators had it right the first time when they cut part of our PFDs to support government programs for the short term while at the same time carefully considering where we can scale back government spending without destroying a strong future for our state.
Legislators shouldn’t back down now or Dunleavy’s plan will crush Alaska’s fortitude, opportunities, and optimism on a wide scale. This is why we voted for them. Please get this job done.