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Letter to the Editor

The Legislature has spoken

To the editor: Unless Gov. Mike Dunleavy is completely isolated from Alaska and in his own bubble, it should be apparent to him that Alaskans are not pleased with his approach to managing our state.

The governor’s efforts thus far to dismantle many state services through vetoes, administrative orders and policies have predictably not been well received. It may be a surprise to him that so many Alaskans do care about the services and the health of our state and expect more from our government than he appears willing to provide.

It is and has been a tenacious legislative effort to reverse his vetoes of the operating budget. The struggle has been painful for the Legislature and the many Alaskans who care about the viability of our state.

For the record, I don’t think of the PFD as an entitlement. It was intended as a means to develop a constituency for protection of the permanent fund corpus. Yes, I was paying attention during the debate over the creation of the permanent fund. While the PFD is welcome every October to help pay expenses, I won’t be bribed at the expense of the health of our state.

The governor has made a concerted effort to follow whatever principles that led him to the vetoes of the operating budget, but that isn’t apparently what Alaskans from across the political spectrum want. The Legislature has responded accordingly. They did the hard work with plenty of compromises and cuts. It is now again back before him with House Bill 2001.

Much damage has been done already in the name of principle, but he should acknowledge that he gave it a good try and move on.

I urge Gov. Dunleavy to accept that the Legislature has made its appropriations and sign HB2001 as is.

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