I’ve looked over the Governor’s proposed budget and say “wow.” There seems to be something for almost everyone spanning from the Aleutians to Prudhoe Bay.
At a time when our state has over one billion dollars in surplus money, Alaska needs to address its budget as I do my home budget. We need to save some for the future, invest in projects that bring growth and address current mandates and needs. Spending the entire surplus on special projects across the state is irresponsible on two fronts.
First, we cannot sustain spending of this nature and will be faced with radical, even painful cuts when the price of oil drops. Second, many of these capital projects are for exclusive groups and should be perhaps community projects and not state handouts.
There is no doubt we are blessed with high oil prices. Understanding that, we need leaders that provide a balance between current spending and future spending. Let’s face it, not long ago we were facing deep cuts to our state government because oil prices were as low at $10 a barrel.
Alaska’s next governor will be an integral player in our state’s fiscal outlook. We are seeing candidates sprout up that offer more of the same. Then there is Sarah Palin. Sarah understands the desire of most Alaskans to have a balanced approach to our state’s budget. On many fronts, she stands head and shoulders above the rest.
I’m ready for a change in the way our state government is run. Sarah Palin is my clear choice for Governor.
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