Now that the dust is settling from the state primary election, it’s time for Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the Legislature to tend to some serious business: The economy.

The state’s CARES Act small business grant program is in bad need of fixes. The state has set criteria for grants that has bogged down the process, the result being delays in getting this federal aid money to small businesses that are fast running out of cash. The governor has proposed some fixes for this, but it may be a case of too little, too late, and it shouldn’t have happened to begin with.

The agencies involved in this — the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, the Alaska Industrial Development Authority and Credit Union 1, the grant administrator — are doing the best they can given the structural defects. The problems aren’t their fault.

The responsibility lies with decisions

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