They did the best they could do with the situation that state has. Bringing the state financial situation into order will be painful.
For years they have been saying Alaska needs a long-term financial plan. Once again they have failed to address that issue.
Again, the Legislature failed to deal with the problem of declining oil production on the North Slope. The fact is Alaska simply is not generating the revenue it needs to fund State government. Somehow we have to convince the Legislature it is OK to stop the Permanent Fund Dividend checks. I was here before oil, and it's been a great ride, but it is over, folks. We need to stop the cash payout and get on with life. Gutting our state government to balance the books is not prudent leadership.
They held up the sales tax, which was about the only thing that would have saved the state from the cuts that are coming. They basically just let the governor decide on what to cut and that is not why we elect legislators. I know that my delegation will not be getting my vote next time.
The Legislature has followed Murkowski's lead of balancing the state budget by cutting services to the elderly, disabled, children and lower-middle class and have totally shut out the Democrats or anyone else opposing these unethical tactics. If you or anyone you know is affected by these cuts, all I have to say is, guess you should have voted for Fran!
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