According to the State of Alaska’s annual Executive Compensation and Travel Report for 2021, Governor Mike Dunleavy (R – Alaska), his Chief of Staff Randy Ruaro, Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer (R – Alaska), and his Chief of Staff Josh Applebee billed the state $99,213 for travel in 2021. Ruaro was the highest at just over $35,000. Meyer spent over $26,000, Applebee over $19,000, and Dunleavy just under $19,000.
Ruaro, who lives in Juneau, spent over $12,000 on transportation. This includes 12 trips to Anchorage, five to Ketchikan, three to Fairbanks, one to Haines, and one to Hoonah. He spent over $15,000 on lodging.
Meyer, who lives in Anchorage, spent almost $16,000 on transportation. This includes 15 trips to Juneau, one to Seattle to see the remains of a fallen WWII soldier returned to his family, a handful to Sitka, Ketchikan, Nome, and Kodiak, a trip to Des Moines, Iowa to attend a National Secretaries of State conference in August, a trip to Colorado Springs, CO to attend an aerospace symposium in August, and a trip to Cincinnati, OH to attend a meeting of the National Lieutenant Governors Association in December.
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Applebee spent almost $9,000 on travel, almost $7,000 on meals and incidentals, and just under $2,500 on lodging.
Dunleavy expenses were spent almost entirely on transportation, just under $18,000. This includes 23 trips to Anchorage and several trips to other cities and towns in Alaska.
Dunleavy spent over $24,000 on travel in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak. Meyer and Applebee spent considerably less in 2020, $6,270 and $9,189 respectively. Ruaro, who did not start with Dunleavy until the end of 2020, did not bill the state for any executive travel in 2020.
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