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Election-year kindness helps the ferry system


February 9, 2022

It sure seems the Alaska Marine Highway System is feeling a lot more love these days.

Could it be a fundamental shift in the governor’s attitude toward the coastal communities that depend on the admittedly heavily state-subsidized ferries (same as Railbelt communities depend on subsidized highways). Or could it be that 2022 is an election year.

Those are not questions as much as they are a combined statement of fact. It’s an election year and every vote counts in Alaska, which is notorious for close elections. When campaigning for reelection, as is the governor, port calls attract a lot...

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