As Arliss Sturgulewski and Vic Fischer are from the graduating class of legislators who spent Alaska’s money like drunken sailors, they most certainly would not recognize a balanced budget sheet if one was placed in front of them. The obvious word from our great Gov. Mike Dunleavy is that the age of our legislators spending like drunken sailors is over — deal with it.
It is sad to see two former legislators, Sturgulewski and Fischer, who obviously care and have done much to help our state, become involved in petty partisan politics. It is time for large organizations like the city of Anchorage, University of Alaska and the Native corporations to help our state.
The state of Alaska can no longer funnel great amounts of money to large Alaska organizations. One obvious answer for the city of Anchorage is a small sales tax with an offsetting formula for homeowners.
Apparently the University of Alaska has done a terrible job of Permanent Fund-like investments for the future. Many state universities in the Lower 48 have many millions of dollars flowing into their accounts from alumni and private-sector businesses. It is also time to ask what the Native corporations have done to help with job training, higher education and small grants for housing and yearly fuel and electric costs for Alaska Natives.
Gov. Dunleavy has started to balance our state budget. He is doing a good job. I doubt the Sturgulewski/Fischer application will get past the courts. It is a waste of time. In the meantime, many Alaskans are very proud to support our governor and his efforts to help solve our state problems.
— Doug Bartko
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