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Dueling roadshows: Dunleavy, House Finance hit the road

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND COMMUNITY MEETINGS TO HASH OUT BUDGET OUTSIDE OF JUNEAU

Gov. Michael Dunleavy announced his long-awaited “Statewide Discussion for a Permanent Fiscal Plan,” a series of community discussions and meetings to outline a permanent fiscal plan for Alaska. The discussions will center on his FY 2020 budget proposal and constitutional amendments intended to rein in government spending, prevent new taxes without a vote of the people, and protect the Permanent Fund dividend.

At the same time, the House Finance Committee released its own series of hearings that will take place across the state this weekend, essentially putting the governor’s budget on trial in communities across the state. The House Finance hearings will precede the governor’s community discussions.

“We are at a pivotal point in Alaska’s history, a once in a generation moment where we must begin making the tough decisions to put our state on a path towards a permanent fiscal plan,” Dunleavy said in a press release. “One thing is clear, in order to be successful, we must have the engagement and support of the Alaskan people. Alaskans overwhelmingly spoke during the last election cycle, and chose a government that would protect the PFD, fix our unsustainable spending, and put an end to the ‘nothing is too important to reform’ type attitude.

“Regardless of where this path takes us, Alaskans must buy into the decisions being made in Juneau. To that end, we’re excited to announce a series of meetings, events and gatherings to further engage the Alaskan people. These presentations will outline our vision for Alaska, take an in-depth look into the direction we’re headed, and further lay our proposals out in the open,” Dunleavy said.

Joining Dunleavy will be Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, Commissioner of Revenue Bruce Tangeman, OMB Director Donna Arduin, and Deputy Chief of Staff Jeremy Price.

Dunleavy Discussion Events and Locations (others to be announced):

  • Kenai, AK – Monday, March 25, 2019

o   6pm – Public Event at The Cannery Lodge

  • Anchorage, AK – Tuesday, March 26, 2019

o   10am – Talk of Alaska

o   6pm – Public Event at 49th State Brewery

  • Nome, AK – Wednesday, March 27, 2019

o   4pm – Public Event at Old St.  Joseph’s Hall

  • Fairbanks, AK – Thursday, March 28, 2019

o   8am – Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce

o   6pm – Public Event at Westmark Hotel

  • Mat-Su, AK – Friday, March 29, 2019

o   6pm – Public Event at Everett’s

HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE MAJORITY MEMBERS WILL FAN OUT ACROSS STATE

They’re hearings. But they’re not really formal hearings. They are more like town halls.

The House Finance Committee majority members, has unveiled its own hearing schedule for this weekend, preemptively getting ahead of the governor. They’d caught wind of the governor’s meeting schedule and set theirs in front of his.

But there will no recording of the meetings, nor will bey be entered into the legislative record called Basis. In fact, there will not even be quorums of the Finance Committee, just individual members of the Finance Committee majority members.

“While the committee typically holds public input hearings in the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, the proposals contained in the governor’s budget this year would fundamentally change life for many Alaskans: everything from the university and K-12 schools to the Alaska Marine Highway System and Pioneer Homes are slated for deep cuts under Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposal,” the House Majority wrote.

“Given the historic nature of the decisions before policymakers and the fact that our savings accounts have been spent down, the committee is going above and beyond to listen directly to Alaskans. The hearings are the first of their kind in Alaska’s history,” the Majority’s press release continued.

“Cuts and efficiencies are possible and necessary, but these proposed reductions would have significant impacts on elders and youth, rural and urban residents, and every facet of our economy,” said House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, a Democrat from Dillingham who relinquished his party affiliation so he could become speaker in a Democrat-led caucus. “Because of this stark reality, all budget decisions must be informed by input from people across our state.”

Here’s the final House Finance schedule:

JUNEAU

Friday, March 22 from 5-8 p.m. in Room 519 of the Alaska State Capitol, 120 4th Street, Juneau

KETCHIKAN

Saturday, March 23 from 12-3 p.m. in Ted Ferry Civic Center, 888 Venentia Avenue, Ketchikan

MAT-SU

Saturday, March 23 from 12-4 p.m. at the Mat-Su LIO, 600 E. Railroad Avenue, Wasilla

BETHEL

Saturday, March 23 from 2-5 p.m. at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, 401 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway, Bethel

KENAI

Saturday, March 23 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Soldotna Sports Center, 538 Arena Avenue, Soldotna

ANCHORAGE

Sunday, March 24 from 2-5 p.m. at the Anchorage LIO, 1500 W. Benson Boulevard, Anchorage

SITKA

Sunday, March 24 from 2-5 p.m. at Centennial Hall Assembly Chambers, 330 Harbor Drive, Sitka

FAIRBANKS

Sunday, March 24 from 2-5 p.m. at the Fairbanks LIO, 1292 Sadler Way, Suite 308, Fairbanks

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • It’s good the public is provided an opportunity to hear and speak about the issues with Alaskan lawmakers before the Dunleavy roadshow rolls into town. There’s nothing wrong about fully informing the public when decisions of such magnitude are to be made.

    • Yeah and it sounds like you aren’t on board for cuts, just like the liberal jerks Bryce and his thugs

      • Exactly right!! We need to find some real Alaskans with independence and back bone instead of porkers to the trough!!!

  • Oh, Dunleavy going to actual show. I can remember he didn’t show up for a debate at UAA.

  • Cut the budget, should have been done years ago but the last guy who ran on cutting it and won (Walker) did not do it.

  • I just called Foster’s office. LIO’s will be recorded according to the staff I talked too. The non-LIO locations will be recorded audio only and all supposedly will be on Basis.
    That is all I can tell you.

  • I understand that the Governor Dunleavy hearings are sponsored by AFP group, is this true?

      • No. Read the article. There are many sponsors for various venues for the Governor’s informational tour. On the other hand, the $$$ conscious House (not), is doing it all on the state’s dime. Including paying overtime for LIO staff in many instances.

    • As Suzanne points out, there are lots of organizations sponsoring different venues. The supposedly dollar conscious house didn’t think about having organizations sponsor their events. Nope, it’s all on the State’s dime, including staffing.

  • Just read the ADN article. Can Pruitt and Shuckrow get any MORE bad press for this governor?

    • You are saying what everyone else is thinking.

  • Governors meetings are described as “private meetings” and are funded and sponsored by AFP. You must register and agree to a long list of items in order to attend. Interesting that the author didn’t note this…

      • I look forward to the full update as to why this wasn’t public knowledge from the start and why we are allowing outside sources to fund the Governor’s public outreach.

      • “May” get back with an update. Now that’s journalistic integrity!

        Can’t be bothered with providing the facts that cast a bad shadow on your chosen ones. How selective.

        Faux News of the North!

    • Actually the largest piece of the article, which you must obviously have missed, is that there are many organizations sponsoring the Governor’s informational meetings.

    • And there are no seats available.

  • Not able to register for the Governors meeting in Nome- the link on the AFP page given keeps sending you to an error page.

  • Not divulging that the Koch Bros were sponsors and that a loyalty pledge was required in order to attend is offensive to say the least. This entire road trip is a fiasco in the making for this group.

    This is very similar to the beer hall putsch where Hitler and the brown shirts began to cement his rise to power.

    Almost a 50 year resident here, I’m calling this entire group nothing but hot air and BS.

    • I have two tickets, I don’t remember being asked for any pledges of any kind and there are many different sponsors for the many different venues at which the Governor will be participating.

      I suggest that you try reading the article, just because you want to sound more intelligent and informed than you obviously are, by your statements. As I’ve lived here 36 years (I know, no comparison sourdough), 9.75 of them in Barrow, I feel comfortable saying you truly are desperate.

      • Thanks it means a lot to me.

    • God help us all if your 50-year ignorance of history guides contemporary Alaskan political thought.
      .
      What’s “offensive” to anyone with an IQ above room temperature is your bloody ignorance about the Marsch auf die Feldherrnhalle…
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      and your blundering, hideous comparison of voters who lawfully elected Governor Dunleavy to the Sturmabteilung whose coup d’état destroyed Germany and started World War II.
      .
      Democrat Legislators, socialists by any objective definition, -who’ve accomplished what to date?- are entitled to their taxpayer-subsidized travelling clown shows, delphi meetings facilitated by union hacks and Alaska’s grievance industry to stir up hysteria about the apocalypse coming if somebody doesn’t start paying small, fair, sustainable taxes.
      .
      But the conservative Republican Governor, who has accomplished something, can’t go to orderly, non taxpayer-subsidized, non-delphi meetings attended by well-mannered, productive, reasonably articulate people who want government waste, mismanagement, and corruption cut back to manageable levels.
      .
      Undoubtedly a legion of your shadowy SA devils will sponsor the Governor’s meetings with chambers of commerce, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, and Associated General Contractors, no?
      .
      One wonders what selection to press when calling BS on such interpretive brilliance: 1 for unbelievable?, 2 for insane?, 3… probably not a 3.

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