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Lack of responsibility

By Charlie Freeman


June 12 2015
Friday PM

Way back, before the first oil lease sale, the entire State budget was around $46 million. The folks running the show were hard pressed to figure out where to find the money. Oh, they had a State income tax, but we had little income. Then came the $900 million (We listened to the bidding on KTKN]. They blew it all within 3 years. That embarrassed the powers that be, and,maybe the most diverse of elected people ever, came up with the Perm fund, which, through the PFD, has proved to be the best return to the State economy, ever. The Fund was protected by the PFD, which was intended to buy support. And it did.

Now, we come to the present. There sits a large amount of money that belongs to the People of Alaska, that 60 people can tap, but know it's political death to do so. Oh, they have the reserve fund, sucked off of the perm fund monies, but that will be gone within three years. I could go on for hours on this rant, but the point, try not to be as stupid as you appear to be. It's not that hard. Just do your job. Just tell someone NO.

Charlie Freeman
Ketchikan, Alaska


About: "Been around for a while. Know a fair amount about the legislature and how it works or doesn't."

Received June 09, 2015 - Published June 12, 2015



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