Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Monday, April 26, 2004

Letter to Editor: Misuse of State Funds: April 26, 2004

The following is a Letter to the Editor, Anchorage Daily News

Dear Editor,

The State of Alaska has no business spending over a million dollars in state funds to campaign for changing dividend calculations to a percent of market value (POMV). Wordmeister spinners can label it "educating" - but political campaigning by any other name is still political campaigning. Dress a pig in a tuxedo, and it’s still a pig.

Should those of us who campaign for the legislature call our political advertising "education," and get campaign funds from the state? Absolutely not, and neither should the Permanent Fund trustees. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the merits or demerits of any proposed POMV plan. Personally, I think some variety of the POMV plan may be OK, but that doesn’t mean the state should be spending the public’s money to sell any plan to voters.

There's no shortage of organizations and individuals with strong opinions, pro and con, about the Permanent Fund and what to do with dividends. These entities should put their private money where their mouth is, and raise their own campaign dollars for television, radio, and mailers. “Tain’t fair” for the state to subsidize either side of the POMV debate - it’s a misuse of scarce state funds, and I’m “agin it.”

Bob Lynn


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