Gov. Mike Dunleavy delivered his fourth State of the State address on Jan. 25 before a joint session of the Alaska Legislature in Juneau.

The governor touted his administration’s work on reducing crime, importing health care workers and fighting the Biden administration’s efforts to shut down Alaska’s oil and timber industries. He also called on legislators to follow statutory law with respect to Permanent Fund Dividend payments, and urged them to support his efforts to increase Alaska’s agricultural production by transferring more state land into private ownership. Additionally, he spoke of the need to support tourism and the fishing industry.

Apart from a brief mention about his commitment to defend parental rights in education, the governor steered clear of hot-button social and cultural issues which many conservatives see as fundamental.

Not once did the governor speak of any efforts to protect the lives of the unborn. Nor did he broach the topics of gun rights, election security, judicial selection reform, critical race theory or the many Covid mandates imposed by local governments, hospitals, Native corporations and large businesses.

At one point he expressed sorrow for the loss of 1,039 Alaskans who have “passed away with Covid,” while adding that 99.5% of Alaskans have recovered from the virus.

Dunleavy highlighted his efforts in bringing up nearly 500 outside healthcare workers to Alaska hospitals, nursing homes and correction facilities to help with Covid, and he noted that he is now attempting to recruit an additional 600 new nursing assistants.

The governor gave little attention to the dismal educational record of public schools, which are among the very worst in the nation.

With regard to ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and other early treatments, the governor remained silent. Instead, he focused on his work to make Alaska a leader in Covid testing, vaccine distribution and monoclonal antibody treatment.

Dunleavy claimed that his administration has defended Alaskans’ medical freedoms regarding vaccines and therapeutics, but did not address concerns many have raised regarding his unwillingness to vocally challenge local governments and private entities that have imposed vaccine mandates as conditions of employment. He simply said, “It’s not the state’s job to make those decisions for you.”

He mentioned that the virus would be with us for a “very, very long time, if not forever,” and that it cannot be “vaccinated away.”

Regarding Permanent Fund Dividend payments, Dunleavy highlighted the fact that the Permanent Fund has grown from $65 billion to $82 billion over the past two years, and said Alaskans deserve a statutory PFD payment. He urged lawmakers to either follow the statutory law regarding payouts or change the law, with approval from Alaskan voters.

As to food security, Dunleavy said he wants to boost local agricultural production so the state is not so dependent on national supply chains. After noting that only 4% of Alaska’s land is in private hands, he urged lawmakers to help transfer state lands to the private sector to “give Alaskans a piece of the Last Frontier.”

On public safety, he highlighted his increased spending in this area, adding 20 additional State Troopers since he took office three years ago, and pledging to expand this number in the years ahead. He also praised the Legislature for helping to fund the clearing of thousands of backlogged sexual assault kits.

Towards the end of his speech the governor briefly addressed education and parental rights.

“No parent should fear speaking up lest they be targeted as a potential domestic terrorist,” he said.

The governor gave little attention to the dismal educational record of public schools, which are among the very worst in the nation. After affirming his commitment to “fully fund” these schools, he said they must be “more focused on outputs than simply inputs,” but offered no specific agenda for making this a reality.

One line of his speech noted that parents are key to education and for that reason he supports homeschool, charter school, public school and other schools of choice.

He ended with a litany of things he “envisions” for Alaska, including: a natural gas pipeline, improved ports, greater oil and gas production and technological modernization.

Legislators gave him a standing ovation, although at least two of the most conservative lawmakers, Representatives David Eastman and Christopher Kurka, stood without clapping as the governor exited the House Chambers.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy greets Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich upon entering the House Chambers in Juneau to give his Jan. 25 State of the State address.

Following Dunleavy’s speech, Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich gave the Democrat’s response to the governor’s speech. Begich praised the governor for mentioning the need to work together, championing renewable energy, education spending, public safety and support for fisheries.

Begich was “disappointed,” however by Dunleavy’s “failure to acknowledge the impact of the billions of dollars brought in by the Biden Administration,” which he claimed has “assisted in our ability to address the pandemic, rebuild our infrastructure, and frankly, address our deficit.”

“To attack the Biden Administration and say it doesn’t care about us is frankly unfair,” Begich quipped. “The support from the Biden Administration has jumpstarted our economy to overcome our deficit, is driving us to renewable energy, and is helping us to substantially expand broadband. So, if we are going to learn to work together, it has to start with improving the relationship between the Governor and our federal Administration. That’s on the Governor.”

Begich was also upset that Dunleavy didn’t mention the “need for new revenue,” but then praised him for abandoning earlier proposals to reduce spending on the state’s university system and public education.

“We are all encouraged now by a budget that rejects that vision,” Begich said. “The Governor and I have been able to bridge our own political divide, so I would offer this piece of counsel: Heed your advice, and let’s work together – whether it is with a local government or the Biden Administration.”

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Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • James says:

    It’s time for Dunleavy to go. He’s just not made for these times. We have two good options in Pierce and Kurka for 2022.

  • jh says:

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  • Matthew Myers says:

    DUMP ZINK NOW! If known, safe treatments in this state were actively made more available and Prov wasn’t bungling this so badly, survival numbers would be MUCH higher.

  • Matthew myers says:

    As usual, DONEleavy hides from important issues and pats us on the head.

  • Jesse says:

    To be quite honest, Dunleavy is a B on most area’s considering what he is up against and I would support him.
    His only real crime, which is the extremely severe, is to continue to endorse the COVID gene mutating injection. This unfortunately easily raises to the front of all other issues and carries the most weight. If we cant protect basic life, all the other plans to improve our economy and increase funding are useless. Dead children dont need school, Dead Farmers dont need land, and dead people dont need rights just a plot of land to stick them in; how sad, he could be really great.

  • jh says:

    Whistleblowers are sharing the Department of Defense medical data that blows the covid-19 vaccine safety debate wide open!
    Attorney Thomas Renz is revealing what multiple Department of Defense whistle blowers have provided him on the safety of the covid 19 vaccines. Ohio attorney Thomas Renz, who has been representing clients suing the vaccine mandates, presented the Department of Defense medical billing data, from the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED). It paints a shockingly disturbing picture of the health of our service members in 2021.
    The numbers are mind blowing!

  • Jen says:

    Education is kinda of a personal and local matter than a state matter. Either parents read to their children or they do not. When parents care enough to work through workbooks and reading books with their children then the state will care enough to grill their failing schools. Your childs future is based on what the parent does and how they live. Not by any government employee

    • justsayin says:

      Thank you, Jen. School choice and curriculum are irrelevant when parents aren’t involved with their children’s education.

  • Jack Roberts says:

    Dunleavy has been missing in action off and on throughout his term. He’s better than (Raw Deal) Bill Walker but he could have done so much more. His allowing Zink to stay around and continue to tout the mRNA vaccines when they do nothing to alleviate covid, which the data sets show from nearly all the highly vaxxed industrialized countries excluding the U.S. where it appears that censorship is alive and well. The very best that we can hope for from these ‘vaccines’ is that they have absolutely no efficacy. However those same data sets previously mentioned are showing something else entirely.

  • Sidney says:

    Everybody talks a lot of talk and I love the ideas and the conversation. Bottom line is we conservatives who profess we believe in God and the Cross need to be in prayer for these elections. That Providence intervenes in our stupidity and puts people in power that truly are attempting to be righteous and have a great respect for The Cross, Our Creator. I believe Dunleavy is a man who wants to do right, but he is not trusting in God to have his back. His puppet strings are being pulled by some other force than God. I pray God will open his eyes to this. As of now Kurka and Pierce have my attention. Voting is a way to promote the Good News, especially when the righteous rule. Righteous meaning those who acknowledege The God of the Bible as their authority and seek to do His will. Let’s all pray that God orchestrates this and all elections in our favor. Let Him confuse those who are against Him and eventually open their eyes to their foolishness.

  • Natural Alaskan says:

    Was there ever another Alaska governor who squandered so many opportunities to do the right thing? So much potential and so many disappointments.

    • Steve Peterson says:

      Natural Alaskan said:
      “Was there ever another Alaska governor who squandered so many opportunities to do the right thing? So much potential and so many disappointments.”
      Exactly! Coulda, shoulda, but wasted it in fear and groveling. Stood tall for a brief period, but has bent over ever since.
      We have better choices than Dunlittle

  • jh says:

    A new song by Kid Rock “We the People” (google you tube) is Awesome!!! A tour coming soon….
    Warning- harsh language, profanity……
    The song begins, “We the people in all we do/ Reserve the right to scream ‘F*** you’/ Wear your mask, take your pills/ Now a whole generation’s mentally ill.”
    The song later goes on to compare the media’s treatment of Biden to that of former President Donald Trump. Kid Rock said that the song is about “all the craziness going on in our world in the last few years” as well as the “politics and polarization and social justice.”

  • Colorado Conservative says:

    WHY is Dunleavy and the others still wearing face diapers? Nothing like showing you believe in the Covid “vaccine” and what it promises to do. Actually it only shows what a weak RINO drone he is.

  • Ray J says:

    Here should’ve be his speech in its entirety: “Hello Alaskans. Your state is a colony of the Federal Government. In my time as your Governor I have done the best I can to keep this status quo. If you would like change please vote for Mr. Kurka while I go look for a lucrative job in the private sector.”

  • jh says:

    Ten years ago, the following video shows what a united democrat and a republican looked like.
    Today we have radical LUNATIC democrat NUT JOBS raping America!! We will stop it!
    Oct 10, 2012
    Google: Americans – a Public Service Film by Kid Rock & Sean Penn
    Warning: Harsh language