GUEST COMMENTARY: Alaska Chamber urges a ‘no’ vote on Ballot Measure 1
The Alaska Chamber has served as the nexus between public policy and the Alaska private sector economy for 65 years. Rarely in that time has an outside agenda presented a risk as great as Ballot Measure 1.
On Nov. 6, I will Stand for Alaska and I urge voters to Stand for Alaska as well. I’m asking you to join the 500+ local businesses, Native corporations, nonprofit organizations, labor unions, and the Alaska Chamber members who plan to VOTE NO on 1.
Ballot Measure 1 is deeply flawed, with serious unintended consequences for Alaska and Alaskans. Alaskans want healthy salmon and successful fisheries. That universal desire is why Alaska is proudly recognized as a world leader in responsible fish and habitat management, and this poorly conceived initiative does not advance that interest.
The initiative puts future transportation improvements at risk such as the Seward, Steese, and Glenn highways. Each of these projects might not go forward under this measure. Existing projects, like the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, may not be to able to have their permits renewed.
Passing this ballot measure could make wastewater treatment plants, dams, ports and other infrastructure projects nearly impossible or cost prohibitive to develop and maintain, particularly in rural Alaska.
This ballot measure is an issue that promises to negatively impact all Alaska regardless of location and political affiliation.
Many may not be aware of the serious consequences to business and development in Alaska by the passing of Ballot Measure 1. Please look carefully at the initiative before voting.
Share this with your friends and employees, and encourage them to do the same. Information is available online at standforak.com. I encourage you to join me in Standing for Alaska by VOTING NO on 1 at the ballot box on Nov. 6.
Curtis W. Thayer is the President and CEO of the Alaska Chamber.