Dunleavy’s shifting positions on budget cuts have left critics fuming. They argue that the governor made dubious claims on the campaign trail that were never debunked by a weakened mainstream media.
The largest point of opposition to UA President Jim Johnsen’s plan came from Juneau-based Regent Dale Anderson, who accused Johnsen of consolidating most of the initial licensure program responsibility to the Fairbanks campus.
Sixty-one percent of Alaska medical students who graduate from the WWAMI program return to Alaska. That’s higher than the national average of graduates who stay in state, but it’s lower than what Alaska leaders would like to see.
Gov. Dunleavy’s proposed budget does away with about 25% of K-12 funding and cuts the University of Alaska system’s funding by 41%. Sitka School District’s superintendent says, “If implemented, it will decimate public education in Alaska.”