It is time for Alaskans to talk to their representatives and senators about Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s trio of proposed constitutional amendments aimed at addressing the state’s chronic red ink problem.
From where we sit, all three should have been part of the Alaska Constitution since Day One.
One deals with a spending cap – Alaska has one, but it is largely ignored – and a savings plan. The second would place a constitutional roadblock on state taxes without a vote of the people. A third proposed amendment would bar any change to the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend without a vote of the people.
If you want a say in this state’s fiscal future – and you certainly should – these three proposed amendments would give you just that.
If approved by two-thirds of the Legislature and then by Alaskans, average citizens will finally control the state’s future, not lawmakers beholden to special interests that thrive on added spending.
The proposed amendments would let us decide how much government we want – and what and how we are willing to pay for it. The proposals hold government to the will of the people and make the people responsible for the government they have.
There are some in the Legislature who will resist putting the amendments on the ballot. You should ask yourself why and then urge your lawmaker, emphatically, not to be one of them.