The ADN’s recent editorial attacking the Legislature tells only half the story of fiscal incompetence among Alaska’s political leadership; the other half of the story belongs to Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
The governor’s politically motivated cut of extended unemployment will cost the Alaska economy $10.3 million per week, according to one estimate.
Whatever pain is caused by the quagmire wrought by Republican legislative incompetence in the state Senate, that pain is magnified by the governor’s crass playing to national political apparatchiks by slashing a federal benefit wrought by a Democratic Congress and the president.
Alaskans must suffer the double-whammy of Donald Trump-aligned legislators causing the implosion of our own fiscal machinery, plus being denied the benefits passed by our federal Congress because of Gov. Dunleavy’s national ambition and partisan blinders.Shame on the governor, and shame on the ADN for not holding him to account.
— Elstun W. Lauesen
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