The proposed ballot measure has been opposed by a broad range of Alaska entities, including the State of Alaska, the Pebble Partnership, the Resource Development Council for Alaska, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, the Alaska Miners Association, Alaska Council of Producers, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, Alaska Industry Support Alliance, among others. Alaska Native village corporations representing seven Native communities in the Lake and Peninsula Borough have also publicly opposed the ballot measure, stating that it would restrict economic development opportunities on their lands and throughout the region."We are strongly of the view, and this view is shared by many Alaska business and political leaders, that the initiative is unequivocally unconstitutional because it seeks to restrict development of state-owned resources on state lands through a municipal ordinance," Thiessen said. "We know that a large and growing coalition of elected leaders, business people and Native tribes in the borough have mobilized to defeat the initiative, and we're optimistic that voters will ultimately understand that it is a cynical attempt by outside interests - notably a single wealthy lodge owner who has bankrolled the entire campaign - to restrict all forms of development in their region.
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