Opinion: A constitutional convention is fraught with danger for Juneau, Southeast and Alaska as a whole

Juneau resident Bill Corbus writes about why a constitutional convention in Alaska would be unnecessary, expensive, and dangerous. Copies of the Alaska State Constitution available outside the Lt. Governor’s office on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (Photo Credit: Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Copies of the Alaska State Constitution available outside the Lt. Governor’s office on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021.
(Photo Credit: Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Bill Corbus in the Juneau Empire on why a Constitutional Convention is unnecessary, expensive, and dangerous:

Alaskans will decide in the November 2022 General Election if a constitutional convention will be held. This question is asked of voters every 10 years as required by the Constitution. Over recent decades, there has been little interest in holding one as Alaskans have consistently voted down the measure.

Now, some say circumstances are different. Today, as we gauge public sentiment there is reason to think the voters may vote for a constitutional convention. Many believe our state is heading in the wrong direction — falling employment and loss of high-paying jobs, dwindling state government revenues, inadequate funding for education, rising crime rates, crumbling infrastructure, etc. In short, folks are frustrated.

So, please follow the convention issue as it works its way through the political process leading to the November 2022 election. A constitutional convention is fraught with danger for Juneau, Southeast and Alaska as a whole.

Read the full article at: the Juneau Empire.