Irresponsibility in action
The Alaska House cut less than $200 million from the next fiscal year’s roughly $10 billion state budget, even as the state faces a $1.6 billion budget deficit and is running out of pots to tap to make up the chronic annual budget shortage.
You have to wonder what lawmakers who voted for the budget could have been thinking.
The budget must balance. Period. Where are the funds or the cuts to close the gap? Voting for this particular budget was the height of irresponsibility.
The big-government lawmakers who voted yes:
Reps. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, Harriett Drummond, D-Anchorage, Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, Zack Fields, D- Anchorage, Neal Foster, D-Nome, Sara Hannan, D-Juneau, Grier Hopkins, D-Fairbanks, Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage, Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, Bart LeBon, R-Fairbanks, Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, Dan Ortiz, N-Sitka, Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage, Andi Story, D-Juneau, Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, Steve Thompson, R-Fairbank, Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, Adam Wool, D-Fairbanks, and Tiffany Zulkosky, D-Bethel.
Those with the good sense to vote no:
Reps. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, David Eastman, R-Wasilla, Sharon Jackson, R-Eagle River, Delena Johnson, R-Palmer, Kelly Merrick, R-Eagle River, Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, Sara Rasmussen, R-Anchorage, George Rauscher, R-Sutton, Josh Revak, R-Anchorad, Laddie Shaw, R-Anchorage, Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla, David Talerico, R-Healy, Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla, and Sarah Vance, R-Homer.
Reps. John Lincoln, D-Kotzebue, and Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, were excused.
We can only surmise the “yes” votes plan to make up a big chunk of the budget shortfall with your Permanent Fund dividends – again.