Famed mountaineer Ed Viesturs coined a phrase that has been canonized by the climbing community, and is applicable to Alaska’s budget crisis. He stated: “Reaching the summit is optional, returning safely is mandatory.” Likewise, the size of the Permanent Fund dividend is optional. Maintaining the very fabric and soul of our state is mandatory.
Close ranks, Legislature, form a “45 Coalition” and systematically restore the funding cut by the governor’s disastrous vetoes.
In your heart, you know what needs to be done. Restructuring the state’s budget should be undertaken more gradually and thoughtfully. Destroying our state isn’t an option.
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