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Legislative spending offensive

Posted: July 14, 2014 - 9:29pm  |  Updated: July 15, 2014 - 8:42am

So, the new LIO “Taj Mahawker” in Anchorage is going to get $500,000 in new furniture. For this nice little spending spree, we can thank the members of the Legislative Council, which includes Speaker Chenault and Senator Micciche. Of course, this elite group had already authorized $100,000 for furniture design, so the new office furniture expenditure will be a measly $600,000. Wonder if they are getting gold inlay on the chairs? Oh, and they also approved the highest bid of $343,246 for the purchase of new audio/visual equipment for the grotesquely expensive downtown Anchorage office. The rent for this extravagance will be over $280,000 per month, which is four times the current rent of $57,000 for the office in Eagle River. Outrageous? You bet it is, but this is small potatoes, comparatively speaking.

Since the love fest started between the majority in the legislature and the corporate world, there have been some extremely offensive spending bills passed this year. SB 21 is the most offensive, in my view. Why does the state need to give tax break “incentives” to some of the richest companies in the world? They aren’t going to pull up their drills and go home if they don’t get more tax breaks regardless of what you hear from the “Vote No” group, which happens to be funded primarily by BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon. These companies have made extraordinary profits from our oil resources so they aren’t going anywhere. Employees of the oil companies determined the outcome of this bill with their “yes” votes. The Republican majority is about as fiscally conservative as a mosquito sucking blood from an Alaskan, and they are on track to suck every resource this state has unless we vote them out of office.

Just some of the spending bills passed by these Republican controlled “fiscal conservatives,” include: SB 21, which is a nightmare for the state budget, but a gift to the oil companies. HB 287, the tax credits for the oil refineries in the state at the tune of $10 million a year for each refinery. SB 99, the $250 million in state-funded loans to finance risky mining projects in Southeast that couldn’t get financing through regular channels. Alaskans have been told we must tighten our fiscal belts. Really? Perhaps the Republican majority should take their own advice.

We can return control of our state government to the citizens by electing people who truly want to represent us. Three local candidates offer a change from this wasteful spending; Shauna Thornton for House District 30, Rocky Knudsen for House District 29 and Eric Treider for Senate District O. I think we must change the make-up of the legislature so the focus will be on Alaskans, not corporations.

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jford 07/16/14 - 03:32 am
Parnell and the Republican majority are bankrupting the state

The present so-called 'leaders' have run us into a deficit and are burning through our cash reserves at an amazing pace of 7 million dollars a day.

Parnell and the Republican majority have had years and years to make good on their promises, but their promises have all come up empty.

Instead of being fiscal conservatives, they are the biggest spenders ever.

Instead of being competent money managers, they've proven themselves incompetent boobs who can't resist throwing good money after bad.

Vote them all out, replace them with people willing to represent the interests of the citizens of this state.

All those corporate lapdogs and corporate lobbyists can take a hike. Alaska can't afford their incompetence.

Raoulduke 07/16/14 - 04:11 am
It's OK

The Republican's have been in control of Alaska since the 1970's.Alaskan's obviously like it this way.They keep reelecting the same thieves.Then the Alaskan complains.Alaska has gotten exactly what the voters want.They are content to allow the raping,and stealing of this states natural resources.Let it be on the uninformed heads.

jford 07/16/14 - 11:28 am
No, it's not 'OK', it's time to vote them out.

All it takes is enough people voting for their own interests.

The Republicans have proven theirs is a failed proposition.

Time to clear them out and get back to putting Alaskans first and rejecting the corporate welfare state that the Republicans hope to create.

Raoulduke 07/18/14 - 11:09 am

jford- I meant to place a question mark behind OK.I know it isn't,and the Incumbents NEED replacing.I am in total agreement.

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