“I want a brighter future, not a state people have been leaving for a record four years in a row. We can do better than the loss of thousands of good-paying jobs, closed small businesses and less opportunity to succeed.”
Now that the state is starting to work out the basics of a new fiscal plan, the governor argues we should start paying out larger dividends even though that plan is far from a reality.
The opportunity to provide a new hope for young Alaska families is right in front of us.
It’s a big bet (with Alaskans’ PFDs). Let’s see how it pays off.
In the grand scheme of things, it is a potential game-changer that could upend the way the Alaska budget works and, in doing so, the levers of power and who holds them. In real-world terms, there are some 82,000 Alaskans who’ll be seeing it on their electric bills.
Unless Dunleavy is planning on finally putting some support behind anything beyond big dividends, then this state-funded campaign can’t be expected to accomplish much other than to confuse the situation. But that’s probably the point.
A good ol’ standoff.
Dunleavy had hoped to keep $4 billion ready to spend but a screw up with the budget means that money will be socked away forever.
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