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Mike Dunleavy on Budget & Economy

 

 


We can't spend what we don't have

Last year's budget was a shock to many Alaskans. But it did demonstrate we can't continue to spend what we don't have. We still have a significant fiscal issue that needs to be addressed for the long term. This initial budget, absent the large reductions introduced last year, should allow us the ability to focus on a sustainable long-term plan. This must include controlling our spending and deciding the future of the permanent fund and the PFD.
Source: 2020 Alaska State of the State address , Jan 27, 2020

Create a statewide lottery

I'll soon be introducing legislation to create a statewide lottery. Forty-five states have lotteries in place, and its past time for Alaskans and visitors to have the option to individually contribute to fixing Alaska's fiscal issue.
Source: 2020 Alaska State of the State address , Jan 27, 2020

Our government spending far exceeds our revenue

Let's talk about creating a real, honest budget. Alaskans believe our state budget process is a mess. Why is it a mess? Because our government spending far exceeds the revenue we take in. Kicking the can down the road for years, wiping out billions from savings, and then taxing the PFD, all the while just hoping for another oil boom--it simply doesn't work. We can no longer spend what we don't have.

We are now preparing a budget that for the first time all Alaskans will be able to understand & trust. No more games, no more shuffling numbers. Just an honest, straightforward look at where we are.

My administration will be focused on the basic functions of government, while realigning programs and operations to eliminate duplication and prioritize each agency's core mission. My first budget is going to be an honest budget. As I promised the people, we must start from the standpoint that expenditures must equal revenue. We can't go on forever using savings to plug the budget gap.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Alaska legislature , Jan 22, 2019

Out of control spending has to stop; but taxing won't work

Some politicians tell us that Alaska's operating budget has been cut to the bone. This is nonsense. The most recent budget spends over 13% more than the year before. If we don't get our spending under control, no combination of taxes and PFD grab can keep up. [PFD is the Permanent Fund Dividend, a $1,600 payment to every Alaska resident. Gov. Walker reduced the PFD to $1,022 in 2016]
Source: 2018 AK governor Campaign website AlaskansForDunleavy.com , Sep 1, 2018

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vs.Former Governor Terry McAuliffe(D)
vs.State Sen. Jennifer McClellan(D)
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AK: Incumbent Mike Dunleavy(R)
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AL: Incumbent Kay Ivey(R)
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AR: Incumbent Asa Hutchinson(R,term-limited)
vs.Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin(R)
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CO: Incumbent Jared Polis(D)
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GA: Incumbent Brian Kemp(R)
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HI: Incumbent David Ige(D,term-limited)
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WY: Incumbent Mark Gordon(R)
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vs.Former Gov. Matt Bevin(? R)
Senator Rand Paul(? R)
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