A time of great promise
At noon today, Mike Dunleavy becomes Alaska’s governor, the 12th since statehood in 1959, and Kevin Meyer, its lieutenant governor.
It is a time of great promise.
In the recent hard-fought election campaign, the two Republicans promised more responsible government, without the shadow of an economy-busting income tax. They promised to reduce government’s size and balance the state budget. They promised a restoration of the Permanent Fund dividend. They promised to get Alaska back on track and grow the economy. They promised to restore law and order.
The majority of Alaskans who voted in the election agreed with their vision for the state – and gave them a Republican majority in the House and Senate to accomplish those aims.
Now the real work begins. They assume office as the state recovers from a massive earthquake that rocked Southcentral Alaska and caused extensive damage to the state’s infrastructure. That task alone is formidable. But they also will have to fix a broken, bloated government and find ways to fund its core operations.
It will not be easy. They will draw fire from the tax-and-spend crowd, whose idea of good government is bigger, more expensive government, and, of course, the state’s legion of professional naysayers.
The rest of us? We will support our new governor and lieutenant governor, and wish them the best. They certainly are up to the task – and Alaska needs them to succeed, not just for today but for future generations. We suspect they will.
It is, indeed, a time of great promise.