I have been thinking about issues that need to be discussed that aren't being elsewhere due to the overhang of the U.S. Senate race. While the Senate race is fun to talk about, the reality is that once its over all of the fun and national attention will move on to other things and Alaska will be back to facing up to its current problems itself. Because the upcoming elections are Alaskans' one shot in the next four years to change the state's increasingly concerning downward spiral, we need to be discussing them now.
The top three thoughts so far:
- Rep. Lora Reinbold's recent constituent newsletter ("How does she say this with a straight face ...")
- Glen Biegel's incredibly weak (and inaccurate) defense of Reinbold's budget votes (Biegel: "Why does paying off previous legislatures false promises count against this legislature?" Answer: Because this legislature made the problem much, much worse than it was when they walked in the door. By enacting back-to-back the two largest deficits in Alaska's history (when they clearly could have stopped themselves from doing so), they sent Alaska's long-term "sustainable budget" level plummeting and didn't even try to hold things level. They became the problem, not (even part of) the solution.
- Why I believe Alaska fiscal policy is the most important issue facing the state, Sean Parnell is the most fiscally irresponsible Governor in Alaska's history, but why, for those very reasons, I believe it is critical to "Vote No" on Proposition 1, maintain SB21 (and then vote Parnell out).
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