Where I stand on the issues....
Permanent Fund / Dividend
The permanent fund is a true treasure, no other state has anything like it. It must be protected, and if it’s handled correctly it will be around for many generations providing amazing benefits to all Alaskans. I believe a 50/50 split between the government and the people of the permanent fund earnings is the only appropriate answer and that formula should be enshrined in the constitution. 

 The dividend is a direct infusion of outside money into our state and a boon to our economy. It is a significant percentage of lower income Alaskans earnings as well as a terrific savings plan for children's post high school education. Perhaps most importantly, a 50/50 split limits what the government can take from the earnings and acts as a speed brake on what government can spend. 

Any plan that allows it to be changed by future legislatures and governors will almost certainly mean more will be taken to pay for government, history teaches us this lesson. 
Public Safety
Crime has been on a meteoric rise in Alaska. The drug crisis, a struggling economy and a criminal justice reform that has many problems have all contributed to Alaska achieving a number one status in many crime statistics - unacceptable on every level. 

I worked with Majority and Minority legislators in the Judiciary committee this year to force a hearing on Senate Bill 127 to repeal and replace of SB91. A rule last used in Alaska in 1990, it took that kind of effort just to get a hearing. Unfortunately any further movement of that bill was prevented so the repeal and replace effort is on hold, for now. Many add on bills were introduced this year to "fix" various problems with SB91. We're told to wait and give it time to work, but if the data doesn't show a decreasing crime problem by the start of the next legislature I hope to see a mood swing in the Senate to finally repeal and replace SB91 with a tough on crime reform that is funded and rolled out correctly, including the good aspects of SB91 and the many lessons learned on its shortfalls. Waiting any longer while the criminal wave breaks on the backs of Alaskans is no longer an option.
 
Budget
I believe we must keep all options on the table to find a sustainable path to Alaska's fiscal health. Finding further reductions to state spending should be a priority. We are currently operating in a deficit mode which is unsustainable long term. 

For the first time ever this year, we drew money from the earnings reserve to pay for state government. At roughly $2 billion short of revenues vs. spending we'll have to do something different. $2 billion in cuts isn't realistic, but several hundred million should be, especially since the legislature & governor increased our budget over $500 million in total this year. I voted against every version of the budget as I don't think we can afford those increases. 

 It seems clear that we will have to use some of the permanent fund earnings to pay for government, but that amount should be limited to the amount available under the current 50/50 split statute. If we spend more? Then your legislators and governor should have to come before you and explain why we can't live within our means and need to find more revenue (taxes), and/or find further reductions to state spending. Achieving a sustainable budget that is limited in its ability to grow is vital to encouraging business to invest in a "stable" Alaska. 

I would like to see a constitutional spending limit enacted which makes it exceedingly difficult for your elected leaders to increase the size of government. Achieving this kind of sustainable, planned growth in government spending could even allow for a biennial budget providing much needed stability for many state agencies as well.
Economy / Resource Development
Growing and diversifying Alaska's economy is the surest way to guarantee a bright future. Responsible development of our natural resources is, and will be, a critical part of our future for a very long time. 

We must continue to pursue and develop new discoveries while bringing to market what we already have; fish, timber, coal, oil and gas and minerals. If we can achieve a stable state budget, reduce regulatory burden and show investors Alaska is open for business this will go a long way to achieving the kind of growth we need even in the "mature" oil industry. 

Looking forward, with the right incentives who's to say Alaska can't become a diversified economy? Much of the world's business is done via the internet, and we should be at the forefront of attracting businesses which almost exclusively deal in that realm. We are at a cross roads between Asia and the Americas, why couldn't Alaska become a centrally located cultural and business center connecting well over half the world's population? I believe we should think outside the box! Alaska is a beautiful place to work and live and we need to market that and set the right environment which encourages businesses to invest in and move to our state. 
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