“Basically, people don’t want to get sick,” explained ISER economist Kevin Berry.
The state has been telling businesses to just refund tens of thousands of dollars of federal aid in order access the state program. The new changes would allow businesses to keep the money.
There have been a total of 10 elders who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 at the Anchorage Pioneer Home. Luckily, there have so far been no hospitalizations.
It’s unclear if the employee had any interactions with the public.
The outbreak comes after the state has refused to participate in legislative hearings on workplace safety.
The in-person event had been planned for Anchorage this October.
“A large drop in consumer spending is certain as tens of thousands of Alaskans will simply have less to spend.”
“The time for effective action to control the epidemic in Alaska is running out, but it is not too late to prevent a health care crisis.”
The private, small-class program says it can reopen safely.
It’s this lack of urgency in fixing the program—encapsulated by an administration seemingly caught flat-footed, unable to seize upon its victory in court—that makes the governor’s words so tone deaf.