Where's governor's sense of fairness?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, March 14, 2004

Shame on Gov. Murkowski. Where is his sense of family values? He has made a decision to move 40 employees to another community without consulting any one of these employees about the effect on their families. What does he know of these employees? How many have a spouse with a job who cannot move? How many have extended family in Juneau whose lives will be adversely affected by the loss of close relatives? How many children do these 40 employees have? Are any of these children participating in healthy activities that are not available in Ketchikan? Do any of these children live with another parent who cannot move? Do any of these children have special needs that cannot be met in Ketchikan?

Those are just a few of the questions pertaining to family values, but he hasn't cared enough about them to even ask the questions. (Nevermind finding out the answers.)

Now let's address the savings associated with this move. How many of these employees will lose a large chunk of their home equity because they are forced to sell in a sudden buyer's market? If an employee's house cannot be sold for its full value, will the state of Alaska reimburse the employee for the difference? How many will be forced to pay a suddenly inflated price to buy a house in Ketchikan? Will the state of Alaska pay for employees and families to fly to Ketchikan on state time to look for a new home or are employees expected to take the ferry on their own time? Will the state of Alaska pay the closing, financing and realtor expenses associated with this move or is this expense to be borne by the employees? Is it merely a happy coincidence that a Ketchikan realtor is deputy commissioner of administration? Have any of these employee costs been calculated into the savings to the state of Alaska or is this just another case of balancing the budget on the backs of employees?

Where is Gov. Murkowski's sense of fairness? There are a lot of questions to answer, and we haven't even scratched the surface.

Judy Crondahl

Juneau



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