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Letter: Legislators, do your jobs

  • Author: Jeff Carlson
    | Opinion
  • Updated: 3 days ago
  • Published 3 days ago

Big surprise: Another special session for the Legislature. Is it really “special” when it happens every year? I’m not sure of the exact number of years in a row, but it seems part of the new norm. Perhaps the ADN could tell the citizens the overall cost of these special sessions.

It seems to me it’s more like a reunion when legislators first get into Juneau. Lots of coffee, cigarettes and shooting the breeze. In the real world, they would be fired for not completing their work.We have heard for years the need to develop ways to get revenue into the state. I haven’t heard any. Maybe get involved with the Powerball lottery or something like that. I still think Alaska should have a world-class casino. Just a thought.

Someone in the Legislature needs to lead. Legislators, please do your work on time so a special session is really special. I’m OK this year if they finally come to a resolution on the Permanent Fund dividend. If it doesn’t get resolved, let’s get rid of it. The lawmakers use it as a crutch and play kick the can down the road. Have a wonderful and safe summer.

— Jeff Carlson

Anchorage

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