Governor Sean Parnell today reiterated his commitment to defending Alaska from federal overreach, while also urging Alaskans to engage in the process. In a speech to the Citizens' Advisory Commission on Federal Areas, the governor outlined the work the State is doing to ensure Alaskans' rights and freedoms are upheld.
"Alaskans know far too well what overreach looks like," Governor Parnell said. "Federal overreach occurs as the federal government overspends, overtaxes, overregulates, over-snoops and over-decides those things that ought to be left to individuals or their local or state representatives. The State of Alaska will continue to stand up on behalf of Alaskans, using every tool available to ensure our rights and freedoms are upheld."
The governor cited recent cases such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed polar bear habitat designation, other federal misuses of the Endangered Species Act, failure to hold timely lease sales or make permitting decisions, and continued delays in building a road for the residents of King Cove.