1. PFD - I pledge to protect & grow your permanent fund dividend, Bill Walker’s taking of the dividend was a promise broken to Alaskans.
The Permanent Fund Dividend is for the people; it must be protected at all costs. The Permanent Fund itself, however, can and should be used responsibly through a Percent of Market Value (POMV) model to help close the budget gap by diverting a portion of the fund’s earnings. This model is used by most large public endowments across the country, and I wrote in support of it in 2007 as part of a report issued by Commonwealth North.
2. Crime “Catch & Release is good for fishing, but not for criminals”
As your Governor, my first order of action will be to crack down on crime, repeal SB91, and institute measures to ensure that criminals go to jail, not terrorize our streets. That means no more slaps on the wrist for first time offenders, we need to show them that crime doesn’t pay. Government’s primary function is to ensure public property, safety, and freedom. Under Bill Walker, this promise was broken, and the rampant increase in crime has affected every neighborhood in this state.
We need to find a way to help patients manage their pain, without overprescribing. Updating the state prescription database when providers make offers to provide patients with localized pain relief will help track and prevent potential addiction scenarios. We also must increase federal-state cooperation to crack down on illegal drugs such as heroin and synthetic fentanyl. As Deputy Commissioner of the DEC, I put together federal-state task forces to catch criminals, and I will do the same as governor.
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Alaska has had high rates of these heinous crimes for too long. As Lt. Governor, I championed the Choose Respect program, which taught young men to identify and confront toxic behaviors that lead to abuse. Over 140 communities were participating in the program by 2014, but it has not been a priority under the current administration. We will reinstate Choose Respect and will lead the fight to support survivors, confront abusers, and make Alaska a safe place for everyone.
3. Budget & Spending
The state budget needs to be cut, responsibly, and with purpose. We can and must help the helpless, but we can’t allow entitlement spending to breed helplessness.
As Governor, I will support audits of all state agencies and seek block grants from the federal government to increase our flexibility on programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
4. Economic Growth - I believe that if you hire someone to run a multi-billion dollar entity like Alaska, you should consider someone with a little business experience.
While other candidates talk, I have actually grown the economy. With 40 years of private sector business experience, I’ve learned what Alaska needs to diversify and grow its economy.
As a ‘high-tech’ entrepreneur I founded companies that compete globally. One of them developed the digital watermarking system that helps protect world currencies and DVDs from counterfeiting. Another introduced the high-tech camera that launched Google’s Streetview, MapQuest’s 360 View, and was used by our U.S. military’s street level mapping programs in Afghanistan and Iraq to protect our troops and save lives.
Alaska’s economy has been in recession for the past three years and has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. It’s time for a diversified approach that goes beyond raw extraction and adds value to our vast natural resources.
Parents deserve to be able to make the best choices for their children, and competition helps encourage innovation among educators. I have fought for homeschoolers to have their grades accepted by the University of Alaska, and will continue to fight for choice in all areas of education.
Higher education/university lands
The University has not received the land it was promised at statehood, which has left it dependent on State revenues and Federal grants. Mead chaired the Alaska State Lands Advisory Group and has fought for decades to bring home control over our lands. As governor, we will continue this fight, and find partners in the Trump administration.