Support a strong University of Alaska - Kodiak Daily Mirror: Letters To Editor

Support a strong University of Alaska

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 9:52 am | Updated: 9:52 am, Wed May 8, 2019.

KODIAK — There’s been much discussion and debate about the appropriate amount of state support for the University of Alaska. As a finance expert with specific knowledge of UA (as a graduate, as an adjunct professor at more than six campuses, as a former UA VP of Finance 2000-2006), I support reasonable state services and budget support for them, but not by draconian and dysfunctional cuts while paying out what I consider extraordinary PFD payments.  

The Permanent Fund earnings/reserves can be a source of moderate budget support while downsizing and making public services more efficient over time and while we work on other budget and service discipline and broader based revenue enhancements in a methodically planned, strategic and tactical manner.

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