Weyhrauch votes GOP line

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2004

I was shocked to read your October 21 "editorial" by Timothy Inklebarger titled, "Incumbent says Juneau needs a Republican."

Mr. Inklebarger clearly does not know the facts about Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, or the difference between an editorial and an opinion piece. Such biased "journalism" is normally reserved for campaign rhetoric by fast-talking candidates. There should be no place for it in respected mainstream media.

A quick review of Weyhrauch's voting record will reveal he voted the Republican line on most issues. He has been a strong advocate for the POMV scheme, Gov. Murkowski's "endowment plan," which will eliminate constitutional protection of the permanent fund principal. Weyhrauch followed Murkowski's lead by reducing royalty payments going into the permanent fund with HB 11, and voted in favor of four (two capital and two operating) budgets that required borrowing money to balance.

Weyhrauch also voted to increase business license fees by 400 percent and vehicle registration fees by 200 percent. He also voted for a 15 percent rental car tax, and then turned around and voted in favor of tax breaks for oil companies. In summary, Weyhrauch wants to increase taxes on small business and working people, raid the permanent fund, and then give tax breaks to oil companies.

Weyhrauch can run but he can't hide from the truth. Residents of Mendenhall Valley should vote for a candidate that will represent them, or expect to get more of the same. Vote Nov. 2.

Mike McBride

North Kenai

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