Freedomwriter.com Logo
Alaskan Flag

Headline News
Alaska
FOR CURRENT NEWS & COMMENTARY IN BETWEEN ISSUES, PLEASE CHECK EACH ALASKAN LINK
IN THE LOWER LEFT HAND COLUMN OR VIEW THE GUEST FORUM SECTION THRU

FREEDOMWRITER'S IKONBOARD.
About Us About Us
Advertising Advertising
Archive Archive
Art & Literature Art & Literature
Classifieds Classifieds
Commentary Commentary
Commentary Consumer News
Contact Us Contact Us
Guestbook Guestbook
Guest Forum Guest Forum
Headline News Headline News
Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor
Opinion Poll Opinion Poll
Our Links Our Links
Quotations Quotations
Trading Post Trading Post
Home Home

ALASKA LINKS


Note: Links to other sites will open in a new window.

BUDGET DISCIPLINE VITAL

Rep. Vic Kohring
Jan. 14, 2006

As the second session of the 24th Alaska Legislature begins here in Juneau, itís appropriate to examine why we are here and what we can achieve for Alaskans. To merely state that the biggest issue facing us is overspending is to state the obvious. Letís ask why and how this happens.

As legislators tend to their daily schedules, they are visited by legions of individuals and special interest groups. The vast majority of them want the Legislature to spend money on their particular program. Imagine the politician, even if he or she comes to the Legislature with a sincere limited government, spend less philosophy, is literally met and confronted on a daily basis by people who make loud and dramatic claims that if their needs are not met, it will be a great catastrophe and the legislator will probably lose his or her seat. The pressure is enormous. Few can resist.

So when I state with great certainty that we ought to use the large monetary income from recent high oil prices to take care of debt obligations and place the rest into our reserve accounts or the Permanent Fund as opposed to funding even more government, many will privately agree. But then the inevitable process of special interestsí pressure begins to take its toll. This has gone on year after year, to where we now we have the most inflated budget in our stateís history.

We rank as the highest spending state in the entire country. New Yorkers (represented by liberal Hillary Clinton) are taxed to an incredibly high per capita spending level. Oh woe on them. But Alaska outspends New York by three times!

We consume over $8 billion a year from our operating budget (mostly social programs and the bureaucracy to run them) in a state with a mere 700,000 people. Alaska has the dubious distinction of having the most exorbitant government of any state, spending more than entire countries in the world.

Itís my 12th session in Juneau. I have watched this process repeatedly an even dozen times. Itís time we acted rationally instead of emotionally. We should spend what we have more carefully and efficiently...on the limited government we ought to have...roads, police, fire protection and schools. We should wean ourselves from the soft, liberal, ďfeel goodĒ programs that are not prescribed by our constitution.

With this common sense plea, to run government with an eye on constitutional restraint, and for courageously deleting the truly extraneous fat (government TV and Radio, tourism advertising, fish marketing, to name a few), we should move forward with developing important infrastructure.

To overcome the dramatic pleas of special interests is a long-term effort because each personís program is practically of absolute life or death importance. Legislators are inundated all session long with this. I throw down the gauntlet to each of my colleagues. Can you resist?

I have and will resist. Please join me. With this in mind Alaskans would then be left in peace to spend more of their own money the way they want, not government. Itís theirs after all. They earned it.


Rep. Vic Kohring serves Wasilla and the Mat-Su in the Alaska State

(Enhanced for Netscape)

top Top

Previous Page

American News World News

ptbas.jpg - 5185 Bytes
Web Alaska Copyright © 2006. All Rights Reserved