Governor not only one deserving of jet blame

Posted: Friday, September 02, 2005

Have you wondered how it is that Governor Murkowski’s poised to get his jet, even though most Alaskans don’t think he needs one? Thank your closest Republican legislator. This session, the Republicans (many of whom openly questioned the Governor’s justifications for purchasing a jet that can’t land in most Alaskan communities) created a mechanism by which the Governor could use proceeds from the sale of the current Department of Public Safety jet to finance the purchase of a new one.

Like many Alaskans, I’ve been frustrated by the jet debate for months. It is arrogant in the extreme to insist on a new jet when most Alaskans opposed the idea. Until now, I’ve placed the blame on the consistently misdirected goals of the Murkowski administration. But Republican legislature gave him a blank check to do this? I’ll have to reconsider who to blame, and I’ll certainly remember it at the next election.

Moira K. Smith


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