Vote No on 2 Says Complex Measure Will Hurt Jobs, Economy
Ballot Measure 2 is lengthy and complex and will harm job creation and Alaska’s economy, a spokesman for Vote No on 2 told reporters at an Anchorage news conference today.
The event was hosted by Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell to highlight a series of statewide public hearings in July focusing on the ballot measures on the August primary ballot. The hearings, which are organized by Treadwell’s office, begin in Kenai and Bethel on July 2 and July 3, and will be held in Anchorage; Wasilla; Ketchikan; Juneau; Kodiak; Kotzebue; Barrow; and, Fairbanks during the month. A new statute requires that public hearings be held to better inform voters about ballot initiatives.
Rick Rogers of the Resource Development Council of Alaska, said today that Ballot Measure 2 does not reinstate the old coastal zone program that expired in 2011, but instead creates 18 new statutory provisions governing a complex new program regulating Alaska’s coastal regions. The initiative, which is 15 pages long, is complicated and technical, said Rogers.
“This measure could create a coastal management program that is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in Alaska, “said Rogers. “Packaging this measure as something other than what it is may be good politics, but frankly it is deceptive.”
“This measure will not streamline government, cut red tape and make permitting projects easier,” Rogers continued.
Rogers said the opponents of Ballot Measure 2 support an effective, well-written coastal management program, but he said the measure before voters should be voted down because of the damage it will do to Alaska’s economy and jobs.
“Vote No on 2” is organizing the statewide campaign and officially registered with the Alaska Public Offices Commission as a ballot measure group on June 4.
The “Vote No on 2” campaign co-chairs are: Judy Brady of Anchorage, former Commissioner of the State Department of Natural Resources; Lorna Shaw of Fairbanks, board chair of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and mining industry professional; and Kurt Fredriksson of Juneau, former Commissioner of the State Department of Environmental Conservation.
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Judy Brady, Lorna Shaw and Kurt Fredriksson, co-chairs, approved this message. Top contributors: Resource Development Council of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska Oil and Gas Association, Anchorage, and Alaska Miners Association, Anchorage.
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