This budget is not perfect. I strongly object to de-funding of the Ocean Rangers program literally the day after news breaks about illegal discharges in Glacier Bay that were detected because of the Ocean Rangers. I hope we can correct this deficiency in the final budget. I also hope we can restore the Office of Public Advocacy's travel funds that allow public guardians to do in-person inspections of foster kids' and seniors' residences. These site visits are critical to prevent neglect and abuse. Recognizing these shortcomings, overall the budget is a good start and very consistent with what we've heard from Alaskans about the values our budget should embody.
Thank you to everyone who wrote to the legislature and attended public input sessions on the budget. I think the budget we passed is consistent with what Alaskans told us to prioritize.
See you around the neighborhood,