OPINION: A constitutional convention would undermine Alaska’s economic interests.

via the Anchorage Daily News:

Investing within Alaska is inherently difficult. Extreme weather, daunting logistics, geographical isolation, and workforce limitations pose tremendous challenges, even in a good year. The workers, employers, and investors willing to overcome these problems are a tough strain of business people. They take on the risks because they enjoy the challenge, and believe in a vision of a functional state with good, family-wage jobs.

One thing is clear, though – it is an incredibly difficult time to be in business, whether as a worker, a manager, or an investor. Many Alaskans in the small business community are all of the above.

Into this chaotic environment comes the amazingly ill-timed question of whether Alaska should have a constitutional convention — a matter automatically placed on the ballot every 10 years. For decades, Alaskans have had the good sense to vote a resounding “no” on this issue. This year could be different, because some political theorists are speculating aloud that a constitutional convention might be a way to circumvent the Legislature and achieve larger dividends from the Alaska Permanent Fund, or effect other changes not likely to make it through the standard legislative process. Unlike most normal Alaskans with non-political, non-legal jobs, these theorists have little at stake, and little to lose through attempts at a political experiment.

A constitutional convention would undermine Alaska’s economic interests.

Considering the wide range of external problems Alaska businesses and families are already struggling with, voting to add the risks and uncertainties of a constitutional convention would be terrible timing. While the legal chaos created by the convention may admittedly be good for a handful of political or legal careers, it will have a resoundingly negative impact for the majority of working people, and undermine Alaska.

Read more at: the Anchorage Daily News.