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Juneau Empire editorial: Ballot Measure 2 an Alaskan-sized blunder / KTN Daily: Red Flag

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Empire editorial: Ballot Measure 2 an Alaskan-sized blunder
Vote No on 2
Posted: August 26, 2012 - 12:08am

The Alaska Coastal Management Program is a necessary if not vital compliment to state and federal regulation management along Alaska’s vast coastline. We have been hard-pressed to find anyone who disagrees with this sentiment be it politician, resource developer, business owner or citizen.

Why then our criticism of this citizen’s initiative?

Our concerns lie on many fronts but central to our alarm is that voters could be establishing an Alaskan law based upon innuendo, half-truths and incomplete information, from both camps.

On April 15, 2011 the House passed HB106 with 40 votes in favor and zero opposed. The members....

Red flags
An initiative to increase spending, red tape and the size of state government is on Tuesday's primary election ballot.

Ballot Measure No. 2, if approved, would establish an Alaska Coastal Management Program.

The program would be redundant of state and federal oversight of Alaska's coast.

The Alaska Sea Party put forth the initiative after the Legislature failed to pass a new Coastal Management Program. The old one sunseted June 2011.

The House approved a plan, 40-0, which shows how close the Legislature came. But, language added in the Senate derailed the bill. The language would have preserved successful efforts made in 2003 to streamline the permitting process for industry.

Given that the Legislature — after several attempts — and Gov. Sean Parnell didn't come up with a new plan in the most recent legislative session, a pertinent question is whether a program is....