Why do we keep electing these Republican assholes?
Courtesy of KTUU:
In the press conference, Dunleavy said a $1.6 billion deficit was the driving force behind the deep cuts, which he said would impact all Alaskans. According to the administration, the budget will show a little more than 700 lost jobs. The exact jobs being cut were not announced.
Dunleavy said keeping the PFD intact is a priority, as is public safety, but overall the message was that many departments would be reduced, including the University of Alaska, which looks to see $134 million in cuts.
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen said those cuts will mean a 41 percent reduction to its operating budget, causing major reductions to faculty and staff.
“Cuts at this level cannot simply be managed or accommodated,” Johnsen said in an email. “If this budget passes the legislature, it will devastate university programs and services, and the negative effects will be felt in communities across the entire state.”
In an interview with KTUU this weekend, Gov. Dunleavy said the prioritized items in the budget are what he called “core services”: Public Safety, Transportation, Natural Resources and Education.
Dunleavy said the two biggest cost drivers for the state are education and health services, so he plans to cut both to the bone.
This budget will result in 12% cuts to the public school system, 44% cuts to the university system, and more than a 30% cut to Health and Social Services.
The public school system has already been cut to the point that they are barely limping along these days.
But hey at least he is going to protect the Permanent Fund program, which is what he ran on.
Here was the response from the Alaska Democratic party:
Today, after Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s press conference and the release of his budget proposal, Alaska Democratic Party Executive Director, Jay Parmley, released the following statement:
“Alaskans should be shocked not only at the debilitating cuts to education, health and social services, transportation, and the university, but at the callous disregard shown by the governor and his Outside budget director as to how these cuts affect the lives of people who live here. ‘We can’t continue to be all things to all people,’ we were told by the governor. But Alaskans have the right to expect constitutionally mandated adequate education for our children, a high-quality university system, a Health and Social Services department that is equipped to care for Alaskans in need, and a transportation system that serves the unique needs of our state. It will take time to fully decode what the governor has done. But it’s clear that this administration is making incredibly harmful choices that will impact the standard of living for every man, woman and child in the state. These Republican policies are reckless and threaten to put thousands of Alaskans out of a job, and if passed will deeply harm our children’s chances of receiving a decent education and a bright future. Alaskans deserve much better than this.”
At least nobody can blame me for this boondoggle, I voted for Mark Begich, the Democrat.