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State of State Address is Jan. 25

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s State of the State Address is scheduled for 7 pm on Jan. 25, according to sources in the Administration. The annual address is given annually as an update to the Legislature and the people of Alaska about the general condition of the state and how the governor intends to address problems and opportunities in the coming year.

In 2021, the address was given remotely for the first time in Alaska’s history, due to pandemic and resulting shutdown conditions in the Capitol.

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This year, it appears the address will be in person the House Chambers in Juneau, where it is traditionally. Both the House and Senate usually crowd into the one chamber, and the gallery of seats for the public is taken by members of the Dunleavy Administration, his family, and select guests who he wants to introduce. The address is often about 40-50 minutes long and is broadcast on the Legislature’s channel, There is always a chance that the Legislative Council will change its mind and shut down the in-person speech, if a number of legislators become contagious with Covid-19.

This year’s remarks may be focused on opportunity, as Alaska comes out of an extended recession followed by a global pandemic that has taken the lives of 955 Alaskans.

The State will be having to manage millions of federal dollars coming for infrastructure projects, which means there will be an abundance of jobs, but a lack of workers and spiking inflation caused by the federal money printing operation. Dunleavy will probably talk about public safety and the increased State investment in Village Public Safety officers, as well as the general state of crime in Alaska, which has been trending down since Gov. Walker left office and Dunleavy reversed his soft-on-crime legislation, SB 91.

And he’ll most likely speak to his goal to fix the mess that is the Permanent Fund dividend, which has become Alaska’s biggest nightmare ever since Gov. Walker cut the dividend in half. He will probably challenge the Legislature to not use “election year” as an excuse for not getting anything done.

(Pictured above, Dunleavy giving the State of the State Address in 2020, with then-Senate President Cathy Giessel, and then-House Speaker Bryce Edgmon in the background.)

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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.


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  1. Chris Kurka is a good kid, but Governor? He has less experience than Bill Walker or Joe Biden and look how wonderful they have been as heads of Executive Branches. Trump had a good few years running businesses and having employees. Someday, Chris may gain the wisdom to head the executive branch. But the fact that he is running now says he is not a serious candidate, rather just a young man wanting to be relevant. But as always, I’ll listen for what a candidate has to say.

  2. Ahh living in communist state. IRS will start facial recognition this summer. What kind of future will your kids have ? Blue states that want vaccine passports, a lot businesses in Alaska want proof of vaccine, testing and those bacteria makers ( mask)
    What surprised taxation will coming? This so called inflation is taxes.

  3. Dunleavy needs to fire or yard in Anne Zink. Who on earth thinks it’s OK for her to reach out to Pfizer for guidance on how to poison more Alaskans. Pfizer is a multi felony company that has profited multi-billions of dollars and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of covid 19 mRNA “vaccine” injuries and deaths. Anne Zink needs to go.

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