Alaskans deserve better and we can do better.
Leadership for Alaska
Alaska has suffered from a leadership “deficit” the last several years. Governor Walker is not ideologically aligned with Alaskans on the major issues facing our state. Our party’s mission has been smaller government, cutting spending and opposing taxes. Governor Walker has never tried to reform the way government works. He has rejected our efforts to cut spending and has proposed major broad-based taxes on Alaskans. Kevin believes it is imperative we elect a Republican Governor and Lt. Governor Team to provide conservative leadership for Alaska.
Crime statues are fluid – the nature of crime in Alaska, or anywhere changes as criminals find ways around laws. This is why I have made it a point to address crime head-on throughout my legislative career.
Since 2001 I have sponsored over 23 crime related bills and resolutions directed at the pressing issues of harassment, minor consumption of alcohol, bullying, synthetic drugs, sexual assault, exploitation of minors among others. While not all of these efforts were successful it demonstrates my desire to make Alaskans feel safe in the state they love.
Of all the bills I have worked on in my career, the one I am most proud of is the passage of my bill relating to statute of limitations for those who commit sexual assault and/or sexual abuse of minors.
This bill, which became effective in October of 2001, removed the statute of limitations and allows the State to bring action against an offender at any time for the crimes of sexual assault or sexual abuse of a minor. I believed then, as I do now, that a just society holds people accountable for their crimes against children and that the passage of time does not exonerate someone for answering for these awful actions.
In this current Legislative year I look forward to addressing some of the shortcomings of SB 91. We started to fix some of the issues in Special Session last year with SB 54, and that work continues with SB 150 which will allow a person’s out-of-state criminal history to be used in the risk assessment tool. look forward on voting for this bill and getting our criminal justice reform process back on track.
The 2018 Budget
I have always favored making government more efficient, more responsive to the needs of the people, and responsible to the people it serves. This means when money gets tight, we need to eliminate unnecessary programs and services and get to a sustainable budget for all Alaskans. My efforts in the budget subcommittee process shows that commitment to finding the right-size of government. In each of my subcommittees we recommended cuts to the budget and did our part to protect needed services while finding ways to become more effecting in delivering state programs.
We need to be thinking about the long term and ensure a level of stability for our economy. That is why I am 100% behind the Senate’s effort to institute a Spending Cap. We passed SB 196 Alaska’s Appropriation Limit in March and demonstrated our desire to rein in spending even in years of high revenue growth.
I also sponsored legislation that could require a public vote on any statewide broad-based tax. I believe such a massive shift in public policy should require the input of those who will be most affected by it. My bill, SB 130 is working its way though the legislative process and I hope to see it move forward soon.
Alaska’s economy has been severely weakened by the slump in global oil prices. Jobs are being lost across Alaska and unemployment has risen to new highs. Kevin believes state government must not take steps that will further weaken the economy and has fought efforts to impose new broad-based state taxes.
He believes in fostering innovation, increasing competition and promoting free market principles in order to grow our economy. The spirit that existed in Alaska at statehood – the spirit to build, to grow, to create a strong economy – is the same spirit we need now to move our state forward.
The lack of a comprehensive solution to our fiscal issues is simply a function of the tough issues we face. The reality is there has been no “gridlock” in the State Senate where Kevin serves. The Senate produced and passed a fiscal plan based on budget reductions, spending limits that limit the growth of government for the long term, and ensuring Alaskans receive a Permanent Fund Dividend. Kevin and his fellow Republican Senate colleagues held to conservative principles and stood firm against the Governor and the Democrats who fought to impose new taxes on Alaskans and failed to cut the budget. He thinks electing a new Republican Governor and Lt. Governor is vital to enforcing fiscal discipline in the executive branch.
An important role of Alaska’s Lt. Governor is oversight of the state Division of Elections. As Lt. Governor, Kevin is committed to ensuring we have open and fair elections so that all Alaskans across the state can exercise their right to vote. Kevin will put a priority on ensuring the integrity of the voting process, so Alaskans can have full confidence in the outcome of elections. In addition, Kevin recognizes technological innovation is driving inevitable change in how we cast our ballots and will ensure the state moves in a prudent and thoughtful manner to implement changes while safeguarding the sanctity of the ballot.