Gov. Mike Dunleavy

        Governor Mike Dunleavey’s office released the latest round of vetoes to the state budget yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, and several local projects got the ax.

Safety and security projects at the Sterling Area Senior Citizens Center to the tune of $42,800 was cut. The explanation given was that “The State's fiscal reality dictates a reduction in expenditures across all agencies.” It was the stated reason for most of the vetoes.

Dunleavy also vetoed $15,000 to earthquake proof the library shelving in the children’s reading room at the Kenai City Library.

Governor Mike Dunleavy brought quite a few high-ranking members of his administration to Kenai on Monday to help him pitch his fiscal plan. Joining him at KDLL were Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman and Donna Arduin, the budget director.

The governor pushed a long-term fiscal plan while in town, saying it was possible, with all the cuts proposed in his version of the budget, to get from here to his proposed constitutional amendments.

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Governor Mike Dunleavy spent most of Seward’s Day in Kenai Monday, promoting his controversial budget plan. Tagging along were several members of the governor’s administration.They were all part of a panel that discussed the governor’s vision at Cannery Lodge in Kenai Monday night.


A key part of Governor Mike Duleavy’s long term budget vision includes fundamental changes in how the legislature is allowed to appropriate money. The governor has proposed three constitutional amendments, and this week, began a roadshow hoping to drum up support.



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Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Department of Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Donna Arduin, Attorney General Kevin Clarkson and representatives of Americans For Prosperity, which sponsored the meeting, gave their interpretations of Alaska’s fiscal situation and asnwered a selection of submitted questions from the audience. Full audio of the meeting, held at 6 p.m. March 25 at the Cannery Lodge in Kenai, follows:

  Gov. Mike Dunleavy was in town Monday to make a presentation about his proposed fiscal plan. He stopped by the KDLL studios after speaking to the Industry Support Alliance luncheon and before his planned comments at the Cannery Lodge.

KDLL’s Jay Barrett asked Dunleavy about the arrangements for what he’s calling his “road show,” which were done by the Koch Brothers’ Americans For Prosperity PAC.

        Three members of the House Finance Committee, including the Speaker of the House, were in the Central Peninsula on Saturday, taking testimony on the state of the budget and PFD.

For about three full hours Speaker Bryce Edgmon, Rep. Jennifer Johnston of Anchorage, and Kenai Rep. Gary Knopp heard testimony from all across the spectrum.

This weekend members of the House Finance Committee will be in Kenai for a public hearing on the state budget. Kenai-Soldotna Republican Rep. Gary Knopp will be among the legislators attending, including Anchorage Republican Jennifer Johnston and Speaker Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham.

Quick out as governor's Administration Commissioner

Jan 25, 2019

The man who once was the former chief of staff for Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, and political consultant for Sen. Peter Micciche's re-election campaign, has resigned his position in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration after he was accused of lying to a Senate committee this week about his work experience.

John Quick was named as the state’s commissioner of the Department of Administration in late November. 

John Quick's resumé scrutinized in Juneau

Jan 24, 2019

A member of the Dunleavy administration is accused of lying to the state Legislature during a recent confirmation hearing.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed John Quick as the state's new commissioner of the Department of Administration in late November.

Quick claims on his resume he was an owner and investor in a number of businesses in Washington state.