It ain’t us

It is interesting to watch the budget process unfold before our very eyes. No matter what happens, ordinary Alaskans, as usual, will get to shoulder whatever the budget burden turns out to be.

It might be substantial. Gov. Mike Duneavy’s audacious budget proposal would trim $1.6 billion from state spending. The shocked howls have been ear-splitting as unions and others who profit from government spending demand their oxen not be gored. Gore somebody else’s, they say.

Schools will close, they say. The economy will implode, they say. Jobs will be lost, they say. The hogs at the government trough are quick to tell you that cutting state spending would be utter disaster.

Not to be outdone, municipalities – and those who profit from local government spending – scream that Dunleavy’s budget is no more than cost-shifting; that municipalities would have to pick up the slack caused by less state funding. That, of course, means more property taxes and all manner of service cuts.

It would be an utter disaster, they say.

So, the bureaucrats and elected officials at the state and local level, in the end, will turn their eyes to the only place left – us. In their view, that means taxes and/or reduced Permanent Fund dividends.

Make no mistake, government – and the usual suspects at the trough – will fight tooth and nail to preserve spending. They have been successful for years, causing the budget mess the state now finds itself mired in. When push comes to shove, when it is a choice between cutting government or business as usual, ordinary Alaskan will be shorn like sheep.

With apologies to Pogo: We have met the enemy and it ain’t us.

3 Responses to It ain’t us

  1. Elizabeth March 12, 2019 at 10:08 am

    It needs to be done at all levels and of course it won’t be fun. Good grief we have avoided reality for way too long. Our government at every level could go on a bit of a diet. We need a reset to more realistic services and spending. The private sector has to do it all the time. We can certainly figure out how to do it within our government.

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  2. Quincy March 12, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I agree strongly with Mike Dunleavy’s budget proposals. The Department of Education, more so than any other state agency richly deserves deep cuts to its budget and deserves to operate with a limited budget that most Alaskan families are forced to live on. The Department of Education has been a sacred cow of way too many state’s budget for way too long and Alaska’s Department of Education has shown that they clearly do not deserve the funds. The teachers in Alaska are the highest paid in the United States and the results that we have gotten from them have been abysmal. For their horrible performance, all teachers in Alaska should he punished with a 10% pay cut. They have produced terrible statistics and even a pediphile teacher in Wasilla. Teachers across the country have shown that all they do these days is have sex with their student. Alaska voters have clearly stated that they want their money from their PFDs and they do not care about the budget of their schools. That is why Dunleavy won. The teacher’s union is deeply out of touch with where the average Alaskan voter stands on the issue and it would do them well to get a reality check. The average Alaskan DOES NOT CARE that 2 teachers may be cut from their local elementary school. I work a really crappy job in retain and all the employees I see on a daily basis work way harder than any teachers that I have ever seen when I attended public school. I do not have any children (because no one can afford them anymore) and horrible teachers receiving a pay cut will not affect a horrible retail job. The average Walmart worker should be our teachers. Their work ethic is way better. Teachers, get a haircut like everyone else is!!!

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  3. A.M. Johnson March 13, 2019 at 10:27 am

    As it pertains to education. Two points, Where was the univeristy system prior to oil bonanza? Size it to that level.
    Second point: Nobody wants to reconize that with the anticipated employment loss and the resulting exit from the state seeking employment, families will pull their children from their local schools.
    Water seeks it’s own level. The individual school district student count will generate the same formula funding and organized borough funding will retain their state mandated partipation of local funding.
    The result will have the reduction of educational staff charged to population decline.

    The districts WILL NOT retain the number of teachers after the projected budget adjustments have been made. There will NOT BE the students to justify the current teacher/administration level

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