Letter: Belt tightening apparently doesn't apply to legislators

The Anchorage Daily News story on the expensive lease for legislative offices in Anchorage that the Juneau Empire ran on Dec. 24 left out many of the important details of the story — details about how the lease was arranged and how much of the true cost of the lease was hidden from the public. From what the Empire ran, it might be possible to conclude that it was just accidental.

The Anchorage Daily News story reported the shady dealings that allowed the remodeling of the Anchorage legislative building to increase the Legislature’s rent for Anchorage fivefold and to pay more than double the going rate for downtown office space.

The shortened version picked up by the Empire left out all those details. As the legislature deals with the state budget in the next legislative session, I expect to hear a lot of talk from “fiscal conservatives” about how the state has to tighten its belt and deal with the current fiscal reality. Apparently belt tightening or following procurement rules doesn’t apply to the Legislature itself.

Jeanne Foy

Juneau

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