Governor spaces out on state responsibility


March 20, 2024

Gov. Mike Dunleavy sank to a new low last week when he vetoed a bipartisan, long-needed comprehensive education funding package that had passed the House and Senate by a combined 56-3 vote.

Yet he reached for new heights in explaining his low decision to deny school districts their first meaningful increase in state funding since 2017.

More specifically, he boarded the Starship Enterprise, which is as much a stage prop as are his reasons for vetoing the bill.

At a March 15 press conference to explain his veto, Dunleavy called the state’s per-pupil formula that funds K-12 schools the “dilithium...

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