Independent candidate for Senate District Q
Teresa (wife), Carl (son), Kensley (granddaughter), Christian (grandson)
3 years Assembly member, 13 years Docks & Harbor Board, 24 years Labor Lobbyist.
Graduate JDHS, various UAS courses
The main priority for me on a budget is to come up with a stable budget that we can count on from year to year. With the boom-and-bust budget we have been living with, we cannot have a stable economy that people and business can plan ahead with any certainty.
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?
Yes I agree that we are going to have to use some of the PFD.
Do you support the state paying health care providers less? If not, how would you limit state spending on health care?
Yes, organized labor has created a health care coalition that goes out and negotiates with the providers on the cost of health care. This program saves our members a lot of dollars on health care and can provide a better coverage. The state has been invited to join this coalition but they choose not to.
Where do you stand on the criminal justice reforms enacted by SB 91 and what changes (if any) would you like to see?
We need to open the entire bill up and keep parts that can be saved but throw out any of the parts that let criminals out of jail just to save money.
No I will not commit to continued funding but will definitely not rule them out either. Nice as they are we need to look at the operational cost, maintenance cost and function and dependability to make a good decision.