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Letter to the Editor

We can’t afford a big PFD

To the editor: Some senators made a terrible mistake by voting to support Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed $3,000 PFD.

Dunleavy said we can’t spend beyond our revenue, but the PFD is spending beyond our revenue. We gave away more than $1 billion to big oil; now a $3,000 PFD would give away $2 billion more. Giving away $3 billion of Alaska state money while neglecting state responsibilities is crazy and indefensible. Have we allowed the PFD to become a monster?

The Alaska Legislature was established to do the business of the state of Alaska, not to give away the store.

The state of Alaska has responsibilities to provide services to the people who live within it. All other states collect taxes to pay for services they provide. Gov. Dunleavy apparently does not understand the role of government at all, nor does he ever refer to services. His budget plan is absurd; Alaskans depend on the Legislature to reject it and stay on course.

In case I have not made myself clear, I am opposed to a PFD that will damage Alaska’s future.

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