Makes you wonder
Here is something odd: The state of Alaska, as lawmakers look for ways to plug a more-than-$3 billion budget gap, even to the point of considering taxes and cutting Permanent Fund dividends, even to the point of gutting the Alaska State Troopers, is about to launch a $55 million runway project in Aniak that local residents say they really do not want – or need.
The project would shift the Aniak airport runway 261 feet to get it away from fences, buildings and roadways, the state says.
The World War II-era airport, the Alaska Dispatch News reports, is in the center of the community of 500 people. Its mayor, Bill Wilson, is also a Ravn Alaska commercial pilot.
“Really there’s nothing wrong with the airstrip here,” he told the ADN.
To be fair, the federal government is picking up $50 million of the $55 million project, but when you consider that the Alaska State Troopers have been cut $10 million in the past two years, it is clear the state’s $5 million tab for the project could be better spent elsewhere.
Sometimes, when you see what is important to government, it simply leaves you scratching your head.