In my opinion, ANCSA is one of the most successful innovations in U.S. domestic policy in history.
I believe most citizens have common sense and will accept the math, and reduced financial risk, of a more gradual ramp-up for the dividend.
There’s no reason for hand-wringing. Alaskans are adept at reinventing, and we’ll adapt to this.
Military spouses are underemployed. But many skills they hold, such as in education and health care, are sorely needed here.
People who resist taking public health measures and protections are endangering other people.
A lot of the catching up is justified, but let’s not lose the spending discipline we learned, painfully, from 2017 to 2020.
This year’s issues have cost people money in planning and getting equipment ready. It shouldn’t happen again.
AIDEA has seen flops, but it has seen a lot of wins too.
Getting big checks is a big boost to morale, and we need that. But the downsides are easy to see.
What’s critical now is stability, and this is why the governor’s commitment to honor the three-year budget deal is important.
To hold public trust, tax systems must be transparent and simple. Ours is not.
A lot of these procedures had to be developed on the fly because this came together quickly, since COVID-19 hit in March. We’re fortunate to have made it all work.
Our grandchildren, two or three decades out, will look back at 2020 as the year the dissipation of the Alaska Permanent Fund began.
No other state has a limitation like this, as far as we can determine. This is a wound we inflicted on ourselves.