Conference of Alaskans Wraps
February 13, 2004
Friday - 12:55 am
The Conference of Alaskans wrapped up business Thursday, bringing
to an end three days of deliberations in Fairbanks regarding
the Permanent Fund.
Governor and 55
Conference of Alaska Delegates
Governor Murkowski (far left) poses with the 55 delegates, including
Bob Weinstein of Ketchikan, at the Conference of Alaskans in
Fairbanks on Feb. 10, 2004.
Photo courtesy Office of the Governor
In light of the adjournment
of the Conference of Alaskans, Governor Frank H. Murkowski issued
the following statement:
The Conference of Alaskans
was a great success. It focused attention and created an opportunity
for dialogue on important questions for Alaska's future. I appreciate
the time and the dedication of all the Conference conveners,
delegates and volunteers. I thank them for their hard work and
The Conference provided an
opportunity for a cross-section of Alaskans to engage in serious
debate on Alaska's financial future. The tone reflected the serious
purpose of the Conference and the delegates' respect for one
another and their fellow citizens. The discussion was principled
and the arguments presented on their merits.
I am pleased the Conference
of Alaskans recommended that a Constitutional amendment be passed
by the Legislature and presented to the voters on the 2004 general
election ballot that would change the method of managing the
Alaska Permanent Fund using the Percent of Market Value approach
proposed by the Trustees.
I also applaud their recommendation
that the state maintain a prudent balance in the Constitutional
Budget Reserve to stabilize state finances and to cushion the
state against an unexpected decline in oil prices.
In respect to the questions
I put forward regarding use of the income of the Permanent Fund
for dividends and possibly for other purposes - Conference delegates
recommended that some income from the Permanent Fund be used
to support education, public protection and other essential state
services and that dividends be protected for future generations.
I will work with the Legislature to make sure that any Constitutional
amendment put forward for a vote of the people would include
provisions that would accomplish these goals.
I will forward the Conference
report to the Legislature so that the body can fully consider
the outcome of the Conference. The legislation which I will present
to the Legislature will only focus on the four key questions
I asked the Conference to debate regarding the Permanent Fund
and the CBR.
My bedrock principles are to
protect the value of the Permanent Fund for future generations
and to grow Alaska's economy so that there are good jobs for
Alaskans today and for our children tomorrow.
This Conference has been a
tremendous success and will be remembered for the dedication
of its delegates. I thank the many Alaskans who worked so hard
to make it a success with their contributions and participation.
The Conference brought focus to issues, it generated debate,
and resulted in recommendations that will become the basis for
future consideration among elected officials and all Alaskans.
Conference of Alaskans -
Delegates to the Conference
of Alaskans adopted the following resolutions on the third and
final day of the proceedings. The resolutions passed by majority
vote. All 55 members of the Conference signed the Letter to Fellow
to Fellow Alaskans from Delegates
on Constitutional Budget Reserve
on Percent of Market Value
on Dedicating Dividends
on Earnings for State Services
Source of Photograph &
Office of the Governor
Source of Letter & Resolutions:
Conference of Alaskans
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