With 3 months in the senate here’s my record:
I fought for and voted to protect the permanent fund and get the traditional 50/50 formula into the constitution. What Gov. Walker and the legislature have done for 3 years, reducing the dividend payout below the 50%, is wrong and hurts Alaskans and our economy. I fought for a constitutional budget cap to be enacted. Our state spends far more than it takes in which is unsustainable and makes us unattractive to business investment. It means we’re in danger of destroying the permanent fund by using it to pay for ever increasing government costs. When that’s not enough? Taxes come next. The cap means future governors and legislators are hand cuffed on spending increases. This would provide long term stability and sustainability to government spending including state agencies. Perhaps the hottest topic is crime. I believe SB91 is a failed social justice reform experiment. I fought for and voted to move the repeal of SB91. In fact, I joined with a Democrat and another junior Republican to sign a Rule 48 letter (last used in 1990) which forced Senate leadership to have hearings on 3 bills. The PFD constitutional amendment guaranteeing the people get 50% of the earnings, SB127 which is a repeal and replace of SB91, and Bree’s law. I also refused to join the Republican majority caucus because they require you to vote for the budget regardless of how bloated it becomes and on procedural issues which often go against the best interest of the people. You need to know if your candidate or legislator is going to join the binding caucus or not. If he does join then we keep the status quo that equals no change in Juneau. If you really want change we must do better. I’m focused on the economy, the PFD, the budget and crime, while trying to hold legislators accountable to the people.