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Moore's wrong: Alaska Chamber backs sound budgeting, but endorses no candidate

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  • Updated: June 29, 2016
  • Published December 25, 2015

Shannyn Moore's Dec. 19 column curiously singled out the Alaska Chamber as an opponent of the governor's campaign for office.

The citizens of Alaska elected our governor -- privately, and each of us guided by individual expectations in voting booths around the state. It is a discourtesy to the man and to the office to imply that the Walker administration owes an individual Alaskan or group anything other than a plan and tireless effort to perfect it.

Our mission is to promote a healthy business environment in Alaska. The Alaska Chamber does not endorse political candidates -- not at any level of government.

Alaska companies -- workers and employers alike -- expect the Chamber to serve as an advocate on issues that are relevant to business. Those issues reach far beyond party lines, both in the Capitol building and in workshops, stores and home offices around the state. And the governor's responsibility to the citizens of Alaska does, too.

The New Sustainable Alaska Plan casts a broad revenue net. Many constituent groups may for the first time become aware of Alaska's aggressive spending behavior as they are asked to shoulder an increasing part of that burden. But it takes courage to advance solutions to difficult challenges. And that courage is worthy of respect.

Is the New Sustainable Alaska Plan the solution to Alaska's budget problems? Probably not. The administration's plan may focus too heavily on revenues without addressing the magnitude of the underlying spending problem. But now is the time to draw Alaska's diverse constituent groups together in the discussion. And Alaskans will always have time for civility and decorum.

Curtis Thayer is lifelong Alaskan and serves as president and CEO of the Alaska Chamber.

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