Alaska’s new governor reveals his budget and it is bad news for all of us.

By |2019-02-14T04:47:57-08:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |17 Comments

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. 

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17 Comments

  1. anon February 14, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Funny how Banks, Corporations and the top 1% are experiencing record profits and growth while local governments are drowning in deficits…

    • Beaglemom February 14, 2019 at 8:14 am

      That is ever the Republican plan. Starve the government, starve the people and, eventually, only the billionaires will be around. It’s a pretty short-sighted plan but who ever said that Republicans are smart.

  2. Anonymous February 14, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Vote for a republican expect deep cuts to programs that aid the people and wonderful incentives that aid the rich. Alaska is a red state. There are probably enough blue to have not voted in this fresh hell but that didnt happen. When parnell left he left a dent in the coffers. Walker tried to fix it but that didnt pan out. Now the poor and downtrodden will be trod upon in the name of the upper hierarchy. Lesson? None. Next election, some may be angry enough to vote a democratic governer in but that governor will be dealing with the chaos dunleavy will leave behind. No republican ever left an office with the coffers at a surplus.

    • Repukes February 15, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Aka Alaska State Trumpers.

  3. anonymous February 14, 2019 at 8:33 am

    https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/400-million-in-Petroleum-Property-Taxes-would-offset–505820361.html

    “Spanning from the Canadian border to the west coast, Alaska’s North Slope Borough is the number-one oil producing district in the country according to the U.S. Department of the Interior — and the Dunleavy administration wants to capitalize on its oil property taxes to balance the state’s budget for the coming fiscal year.

    The governor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 would repeal the ability for municipalities to levy tax on oil and gas, exploration, production and pipeline transportation property. The plan proposes $440 million in petroleum property taxes would go to fund state departments instead of municipal governments.

    Tax revenue generated by leases to the oil industry makes up the lion’s share of the North Slope Borough’s income.”

    • CFR February 14, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      With the price of oil per barrel being very low no company is going to drill in Alaska as long as Tx and the gulf has lots of oil. Higher operating costs, experienced persons not willing to live in Alaska will effectively stop any new drilling up there.

  4. NYNY February 14, 2019 at 8:49 am

    OT-fyi
    Amazon.com Inc said Thursday it will not move forward with plans to build a headquarters in New York after rising opposition from local politicians.

    The company said it will not reopen the search process “at this time. We will proceed as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/amazon-will-abandon-plans-build-hq2-new-york/

  5. Anon February 14, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Captain Zero lurking about tells me he’s doing unfinished business. Wonder if that audit will catch him red-handed?

  6. Anonymous February 14, 2019 at 9:48 am

    8:33. SOMEHOW BIG OIL WIILL FIND A WAY THAT WONT HAPPEN. BUT HEY, DONT WANNA SPOIL YOUR WET DREAMS.

    • ANON February 15, 2019 at 7:31 am

      FUK U NO NOTHING.

  7. Anonymous February 14, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    There are too many Alaskans who are too distracted for a Democratic party Governor to be elected. They hear nothing but the republican point of view, so those low info voters go vote with the party which controls the media. What happened to the Alaska of the 80’s.

  8. nanna February 14, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Now you need to look for peculiar mega-funding for projects that benefit his family and supporters or his future. That money is going somewhere that HE personally can benefit from, it’s the GOP tradition.

    I’m certain that if I’d ever met an honest Republican in Alaska I would have remembered it.

  9. anonymous February 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2019/02/15/kodiak-police-arrest-chiropractor-dunleavy-appointed-to-state-workers-comp-board/?fbclid=IwAR2T9zyiZu7qhLYe127RSBB6hH9cbm-4FmI_j01fKVqUBUMi75A8btTS3Ek

    “She told police that when she tried to stand, Twiford hit her again and pushed her back down. He retrieved a revolver and pointed at her chest, the woman told police.

    When Twiford put the gun down, she said, a scuffle began. She said Twiford tried to strangle her, climbed on top of her, put all his weight on her chest and made it difficult for her to breathe. She said she bit him on the chest.”

  10. USA February 14, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Dunlevey is instep with The Overthrow of America. Just like Trump being a jackass and thinking that’s okay. No.
    Its not ok. You will figure it out. No.
    We will figure it out for you. The End.

  11. 1stNations February 15, 2019 at 8:28 am

    https://www.dermotcole.com/reportingfromalaska/2019/2/14/t0x04qank92vyg6xqtunuvfpl87ku4?fbclid=IwAR0TvJP9FQ51G0aEqfVZBX3UtmpWZquPtp8bkGHASWWlJvt6LnYUQQF0EDQ

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy didn’t campaign on anything that he announced this week.
    some of his promises—such as the pledge made to the Alaska Federation of Natives to increase funding for rural schools—have already been abandoned.

  12. Statewide February 15, 2019 at 8:35 am

    https://www.dermotcole.com/reportingfromalaska/2019/2/13/dunleavy-plan-would-devastate-university-of-alaska?fbclid=IwAR3a5HRRHPxaaG9ls83eWZHNlHrU31LWMG90cOZZDiJG4MIZZ5deqED_ZEA

    “Any of these steps would inflict costly damage on Alaska and its future. Reducing educational opportunities and encouraging young people to leave the state is not the way to build the highly educated work force that will be required in the decades ahead.”

    Dunleavy’s Debacle would devastate University of Alaska

  13. fore·told February 15, 2019 at 9:32 am

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/286581305341638/permalink/287046095295159/

    https://www.amazon.com/Who-Owns-America-Walter-Hickel/dp/013958322X

    “Richard Nixon’s election as U.S. President in late 1968 led to an offer to Hickel from the President-elect to serve in the United States Cabinet as Interior Secretary. Initially, Hickel declined the cabinet offer. Nixon replied that his decision was final. Hickel would recall years later that he cried afterward and announced that he would be resigning from the governorship to go to Washington”
    “Upon becoming the federal Secretary of the Interior, Hickel proved to be a strong environmentalist, supporting strong legislation that put liabilities on oil companies operating offshore oil rigs as well as demanding environmental safeguards on Alaska’s growing oil industry.
    Hickel’s centrist voice inside the Nixon Administration eventually led to confrontations with the President. In 1970 following the shooting of college students at Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard, Hickel wrote a letter critical of Nixon’s Vietnam War policy and urging him to give more respect to the views of young people critical of the war, writing in part, “I believe this administration finds itself today embracing a philosophy which appears to lack appropriate concern for the attitude of a great mass of Americans – our young people.” “n 2006 he supported Sarah Palin in her bid to become governor of Alaska;[12] however, in 2009, he stated that he didn’t “give a damn what she does”.”<WikiP

    Secretary of the Interior
    Twice Governor

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