Gov. Mike Dunleavy will begin a series of town hall meetings with events next week in Petersburg and Wrangell, the Office of the Governor announced Friday.
They will be the first in a string of public meetings intended to take place across the state, and the first two are scheduled for the evenings of Monday, Feb. 3 and Tuesday, Feb. 4.
“I want to hear your thoughts, understand your concerns, and see your vision of what you want Alaska to be like for our children and grandchildren,” Dunleavy said in a release. “Your input will be valuable in solving many of the issues our state is facing. My hope is that we can set aside the bitter partisanship often driven by outside agendas. If we can work together to solve our fiscal issues this year, I believe Alaska will have a bright and prosperous future.”
He said in the release he will ask all Alaskans the same questions: What are their thoughts on revenues, budget reductions, spending caps and the future of the Permanent Fund Dividend, what programs and services they value, what natural resource opportunities do they see in their area and the state and what ideas do they have that neither he nor the Legislature have not thought of.
The first meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Petersburg High School Gymnasium. The second is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Elsie Nolan Civic Center in Wrangell.
More events will be announced in the future, according to the governor’s office.