This morning, incoming Senate President Pete Kelly and incoming House Majority Leader Chris Tuck offered starkly different visions of Alaska’s budget problems and the upcoming legislative session at a joint breakfast appearance before the Resource Development Council.
Tuck said, “We (The House Majority) came together around this common theme of protection of the economy, making sure we secure jobs and a good education for families, making sure that government isn’t the enemy, and making sure we are no longer living beyond our means.” Tuck Continued, “We also know we can’t cut our way into prosperity. It is going to take additional revenues.”
Kelly then spoke and characterized the morning as “A tale of two speeches.” One, he said of Tuck’s, would be “Nice and forward looking” and the other, referring to his own speech, would be “Partisan.”
Kelly then went on to cast this legislative session as a battle of ideologies, “Most people will tell you the fight this year is going to be over budget, and oil taxes, and tax credits…but I think the more important fight is between capitalism and socialism.”
If that isn’t enough to give you an idea of how the morning went, as well as to whet your appetite, nothing is.
You can watch the full exchange here: