Brothers and Sisters,
We need to take action to support summer ferry service now! We encourage all members, family members, friends and supporters of our ferry system to act. Time is of the essence, the clock is ticking. Any support we can rally from northern districts, particularly Kenai, will be especially helpful.
As you may know, this week Senate sub-committee cut another $6 million from the Alaska Marine Highway operating budget which means that the State will not be able to finance full service weeks scheduled for this summer starting in July. The Senate Finance Committee will likely have public hearings on the budget next week.
In the meantime, please write a short email to your legislators and the key Committee Chairs listed below. Share the importance of the AMHS to your and your community and ask them to reinstate funding. If you need help getting started, check out the sample letter below.
Yours in Solidarity,
Joshua J. Stephenson
Regional Director IBU Alaska
Sample letter idea:
Dear Senators and Representatives:
Please restore funding to the operating budget so that the State of Alaska can provide the scheduled aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System this summer.
My community depends on the Marine Highway for…
People have already booked tickets and made entire travel plans around the Marine Highway Schedule
I realize that all departments will have to cut costs. I think efficiencies could be found by…
However, these reductions should be made in a planned, thoughtful way. Slashing away at scheduled service will likely cost the State more in lost revenue than we will gain in savings.
Send emails to your Senator and Representative as well as these key finance committee members.