Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) has used his line item veto to eliminate ALL $250,000 of funding for the Alaska Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Across the nation, and particularly in Alaska, Civil Air Patrol has come under scrutiny as a public menace and waste of taxpayer dollars. Late in 2015, one of their members took a Civil Air Patrol Cessna and flew it directly in to an Anchorage office building to commit suicide. Civil Air Patrol in Alaska has had little success with Search and Rescue efforts.
While I have concerns about the loss of funds to other areas in our Alaska budget, saving a quarter million dollars yearly on Civil Air Patrol seems to be a good start.
Didn’t this program start off with men flying their own personal aircraft for the missions?
• Alaska Civil Air Patrol Fails to Find Missing Plane
• Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol Plane Crashes into Mountain, Killing Two
• Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol Pilot Crashes on Takeoff
• Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol Float Plane Noses Over
• Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol Plane Collides with Trees
• Alaska Wing Plane Suicides into Anchorage Building
• Dunleavy vetoes ferry funding, Ocean Rangers, civil air patrol
• Proposed Eradication of Alaska State Appropriations for Civil Air Patrol