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.

5 Responses to Irresponsibility in action

  1. Elizabeth April 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you to those that stood firm with reality. It seems maybe a requirement for an elected representative is that they can show evidence of the ability to effectively manage a household budget and balance a checkbook. Cognizance of personal finance might give some realistic foundation. Having successfully ran a business would also be good. Truly what is with the serious disconnect? Where do they think the money is going to come from?

  2. R-Dubya April 12, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    The ‘yes’ votes not only want your PFD, they secretly want: Income Tax, Sales Tax, Value Added Tax (VAT), Higher Licensing Fees, User Fees.
    We’re loosing this battle and no closer to fiscal responsibility with this bunch of reckless House Legislators. Let’s see if we can experience some sound logic, reason, and common sense through the Senate and Governor.
    The lesson to be learned here … You get what you vote for. Be sure to get out the vote!

  3. Morrigan April 12, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record (anybody remember what a broken record sounds like?)…
    Let us remember this…
    While 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,
    the Alaska Municipal League has $600,000,000 of taxpayers’ money rat-holed away in its “investment pool”.
    That’s $.6B for Common Core alumnae.
    In other words $.6B of Alaska’s $1.6B deficit could go away if the Alaska Municipal League was dissolved and the $.6B was applied to the deficit.
    What do you think, Gentle Readers, can we force the issue?

  4. John London April 13, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Same old…Same old….for decades now….

    Money will not sink us…only social and cultural Marxism will.

  5. A.M. Johnson April 13, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    “Shocked, I am shocked” Capt. ‘Casablanca’


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