“Things as certain as Death and Taxes, can be more firmly believ’d.”
—Daniel Defoe The Political History of the Devil 1726.
I attended a dialog hosted by Governor Walker over the weekend, Building a Sustainable Future: Conversations with Alaskans.
This is me collecting my thoughts, sharing my impressions and attempting to expand the discussion. It may get a bit lengthy, feel free to skim or skip.
Day 1 – Friday, June 5th
The gathering was convened by Alaska Governor, Bill Walker and hosted on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus which has historical significance as the location of our state’s constitutional convention.
— Pat Race (@alaskarobotics) June 6, 2015
There were about 200 people in attendance, ranging from Governor Walker’s transition team and staff to more tangentially affiliated folks like myself. How I rated an invite isn’t exactly clear but it was likely my keen understanding of Alaska’s fiscal situation.
I flew to Fairbanks on my own thin dime and was housed in Lathrop Hall on the university campus. We didn’t have hot water the first day and my roommate moved out almost immediately after meeting me. It really brought back some memories.