Libertarian candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Fitness instructor and retired teacher
Public employee for 20+ years
M. Ed. in Reading Specialist; Certificate in Special Education
Fund public education and other constitutionally-mandated services, including law enforcement.
Do you agree with using a portion of Alaskans' PFDs to fund state government? If not, what government services would you propose cutting or taxes would you propose raising to pay for it?
I would not use the Alaskans’ portion of the PF earnings to fund government. Further cuts need to be made in DHSS by tightening up how many children are in foster care, controlling waste and fraud, and reimbursing medical providers efficiently. Before a flat-based income tax is ever considered, a 10-percent reduction in payroll and benefits of all state employees should be instituted. No taxes will be considered until all of the finances are audited and department heads have a chance to propose further cuts. No income taxes would be best, but a flat-based tax on both Alaskan residents and out-of-state workers would be the most fair, if cuts do not get us into the black.
Do you support the state paying health care providers less? If not, how would you limit state spending on health care?
I do not support paying medical providers less. Copays should be on a sliding scale. State spending on health care will improve with less children in foster care, better birth control access and education, and improving the economy with more jobs and employer-provided health care.
Where do you stand on the criminal justice reforms enacted by SB 91 and what changes (if any) would you like to see?
The reforms were not entirely enacted due to cuts in programs that would rehabilitate certain classes of offenders. It is time to start over and fully fund alternates to prison that include rehabilitation and are less expensive for the state.
If I understand the question correctly, yes, in general. I need to know more about this and look at the budget on this one.