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Letter: Scorched-earth policies

  • Author: Toby Widdicombe
    | Opinion
  • Updated: July 11
  • Published July 11

I do realize that it will be difficult for Republican legislators to cross party lines and vote against their governor, but I urge them all to do so by overriding the most egregious of his vetoes. Let’s make it unanimous.

It is important to realize that Gov. Mike Dunleavy is not a Republican but one of the Koch triplets: Charles, David and now Mike.

The scorched-earth policy of cutting state funding to so many entities is utterly counterproductive. Economists have shown that it will lead to significant job losses and another recession. In the case of the $130,000,000 cut to UA, it will result in young Alaskans — the life-blood future of the state — leaving the state in droves never to return. We need a balanced approach of cuts and taxes to achieve prolonged prosperity. We also need a governor who tries to represent all 700,000 Alaskans. We don’t have that — yet.

Legislators, override the vetoes for the good of us all. Choose the hard right, not the easy wrong.

— Toby Widdicombe


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