Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s recent column in the ADN (Sept. 11) stated that Alaskans are given Permanent Fund dividend money because we are more able to wisely spend than the state is capable.
With all due respect to the governor, I am unable to figure out how to use my PFD to pay for state park facilities and highway rest stop maintenance, the marine highway system, University of Alaska Anchorage academic programs and funding for local public school systems. Perhaps these agencies should be put on the PFD Pick.Click.Give platform. Hauling drums of fuel to Whittier in my vehicle for the Marine Highway System and distributing envelopes of cash for ferry workers, public school teachers and UAA professors might not be feasible, nor would my hiring the crews needed to maintain state park facilities and trails.
Alternatively, perhaps GoFundMe could offset the governor’s budget cuts. I really want to help shoulder the burden of financing the functions of state agencies with my PFD, but I definitely need some ideas here, governor.
— David Werner
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