Want to know what’s in store for Alaska if Mike Dunleavy is re-elected? Well, wonder no more: the warning signs are already there. Mike Dunleavy has already caused severe harm to Alaska’s ferry system and educational system, violated the First Amendment with his illegal loyalty pleges, attempted to make huge cuts to public safety, and more.
Scroll down to collect all of the “warning signs”–and learn why it is so important that we elect a new team to the Governor’s office this year.
Attacking our ferry system
Mike Dunleavy has repeatedly targeted Alaska’s marine highway system for budget cuts and reduced services. In 2021, Mike Dunleavy vetoed $8.5 million from our ferry budget. Dunleavy’s attempts to hobble Alaska’s ferry system are an assault on Southeast Alaska, where ferries are critical for economic opportunity, transportation, and food security.Click here to download the sign
De-funding our schools
Mike Dunleavy’s draconian cuts have severely harmed Alaska’s educational system.
- In 2019, Mike Dunleavy vetoed approximately $9 million in Pre-K education, threatening key educational opportunities for Alaska’s youngest students.
- In 2020, Mike Dunleavy attempted to cut 42% of the State’s funding for higher education.
- Mike Dunleavy drained the $410 million Higher Education Investment Fund to pay for his irresponsible budgets.
Mike Dunleavy’s attacks on Alaska schools don’t just harm the education of our students, they imperil thousands of jobs and the stability of our economy.Click here to download the sign
Illegal loyalty pledges
As soon as he took office, Mike Dunleavy attempted to force state employees to sign illegal “loyalty pledges.” Those who did not were fired.
Judges determined that Dunleavy’s loyalty pledges violated the First Amendment, the Alaska State Constitution, and United States Constitution. Dunleavy wasted hundreds of thousands of Alaska tax dollars defending his loyalty pledges and providing compensation to those he illegally fired.Click here to download the sign
Mike Dunleavy’s erratic, reckless leadership has created uncertainty for Alaska businesses. According to US News, in 2021 Alaska ranked as one of the worst states to start a business. Mike Dunleavy’s attacks on education, transportation, and healthcare services have discouraged businesses from opening, moving to, or remaining in Alaska.Click here to download the sign
Mike Dunleavy has repeatedly channeled Alaska state funds into the hands of political supporters and their children. In 2020, Dunleavy awarded the grandson of a major campaign donor an $8000-per-month no-bid contract. In 2021, Dunleavy created a frivolous $140,000-a-year state position for his former election campaign manager, and recently awarded the same individual a $50,000 state contract for consulting–while the individual was actively working on a pro-Dunleavy political campaign.
Mike Dunleavy’s record is clear: draconian budget cuts for those providing Alaska’s essential services, and lavish no-bid state contracts for his political allies.Click here to download the sign
Cutting public safety
Alaska struggles with high rates of crime. Mike Dunleavy’s response? Huge proposed cuts to public safety funding and unfulfilled promises to Alaskans.
- Mike Dunleavy vetoed $3 million from the VPSO program that provides front-line public safety personnel to Alaska’s rural towns and villages.
- Dunleavy’s 2019 budget cut $21m from public safety, requiring the removal of 56 full time public safety employees.
- Mike Dunleavy vetoed all state funding to provide legal services to vulnerable Alaskans.