Guest Editorial: Just because it's popular doesn't make it right
December 22, 2022
Newly reelected Gov. Mike Dunleavy last week unveiled his proposed state spending plan for the next budget year. By far, the largest single expense in the entire state budget is the Permanent Fund dividend.
The governor’s budget proposes no increase in state funding for public schools and a reduction in funding for the university system.
No significant increases for road repairs, snow removal, mental health services, or more staff to help the backlog of food stamp applications which has created hours-long hold times for callers needing help.
Less money for construction, renovation and rep...