The opponents of Ballot Measure 2 have run a campaign designed to distract Alaskans from the real issue. The coastal management law and regulations we are voting on are the same ones that have worked for Alaskans for 34 years. Gov. Hammond designed this program to work for Alaskans. The “scary new law and regulations” ads are fluff. If the law or regulations need improvement, we can do that next year if the “yes” vote wins.
The real issue is the control of Alaska’s coast and resources. Right now, we Alaskans (our Legislature) have given this control to the federal government and, because of their political power, the large multi-national corporations. Reinstating the Alaska Coastal Management Program will bring this control back to Alaska’s people. If you believe big federal government and multi-national corporations will manage Alaska’s coast and resources to give you the most opportunities to benefit, you should vote “no.” If you want to have a voice in the management decisions, you must vote “yes” on Ballot Measure 2. Please get out and vote on this important issue on Aug. 28.