Despite the state’s $3.5 billion budget crisis, the collective struggle for Alaskans right now is about values, not money. That’s why the deep budget cuts under consideration by the Legislature should be approached with a scalpel, not an ax. Lawmakers chopping away at easy targets are risking removal of vital organs that hold our incredibly diverse population together as one state.
Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, was the loudest critic of the latest cut to the Alaska Marine Highway System. The “system was never ever created to make money” he said. “It was to serve coastal Alaska.”