Mayor Dave Bronson announced line-item vetoes totaling $16.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, which the Anchorage Assembly had approved as part of a $51 million allotment of federal Covid recovery funds.

Bronson said the vetoes were aimed at what he called “misguided spending choices.” 

“I support many of the projects and organizations who received funding under this resolution and look forward to the positive work that will happen in our city when this money hits our streets,” he said on Aug. 16. “However, after close examination I was compelled to veto items that funded duplicative services, went to organizations who had previously received federal COVID-relief funds, or were not properly vetted projects.” 

The proposed list of projects to receive funding are here, and those vetoed by Mayor Bronson can be found here.

Bronson attempted to use the Covid money to for one-time funding items to address city needs, such as fuel for police cars and fire trucks. Additionally, efforts were made to repair the Sullivan Arena and replace a failing roof on the Maintenance and Operations building where Municipal snowplow equipment is stored and maintained. The Assembly, however, opted to reject these projects for funding.

With the leftist block on the Assembly holding a veto-proof super-majority, it is expected they will override the mayor’s vetoes.

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Anchorage mayor vetoes over $16M in ‘misdirected’ Covid cash

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.


  • Ruth Ewig says:

    Keep it up, Mayor Bronson!!!

  • david Boyle says:

    Thank you, Mayor Bronson for vetoing the $1,200,000 for the Alaska Black Caucus. This organization has already received grants from the State of Alaska, the Muni of Anchorage, Rasmusson Foundation, Conoco Phillips, and other major corporations. It seems as if the AK Black Caucus uses the same funding strategy (kinda like extortion) that the infamous Black Lives Matter uses. BTW, the AK Black Caucus has not filed a tax return for 2021 for nonprofits as required by the IRS. For 2020, the ABC had an income of $110,332 according to its Form 990 tax return. What did it do with that?

  • Sharon Alice Turner says:

    Perhaps, now is the time to do deep dives into the personal and conflict of interest monies gained and or diverted to Anchorage Assembly? How they and or their cohort, friends and businesses in which they are personally invested? Audit, audit, audit. grandma

    • Gunter Thompson says:

      An investigative body would need some evidence before starting an investigation. Do you have a wee bit that could get them started ?