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P.O. Box 111329, Anchorage, Alaska, 99511-1329
Office 907-346-2844 Fax 907-346-3142 Email mike@mikehawker.org

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Abortion:
g) Abortion is a personal matter between a woman, her faith and her physician. Our whole society must work to provide the education, resources and quality of life in our communities that reduces the demand for abortion. Respecting the convictions of many Alaskans, public funds should not be committed to elective abortions.

Budget, Spending and Tax issues:

n) I am committed to fiscal responsibility, which is living within our means. I will work to manage the cost and growth of government while reaffirming our priority funding commitment to education, public safety and transportation facilities. We must modernize and diversify our economy. New revenues must be necessary, fair and implemented as a comprehensive budget solution incorporating a reconsideration of all excise taxes and user fees. The Permanent Fund Dividend program needs to be protected before earnings are used for other purposes. It is appropriate to invest some earnings directly in communities as part of a comprehensive budget solution. I want the budget discussion to include examination of managing all State financial resources as an "endowment fund." When the discussion ultimately turns to broad based revenues I prefer sales taxes to income taxes.

Property taxes are most appropriately reserved to local government.

Campaign Finance and Government Reform Issues:

n) I believe the State Legislature would be more productive and responsive if convened in a location readily accessible to the majority of Alaskans. Any such relocation must be cost effective and ultimately result in cost savings to the State. I do not believe constructing new governmental facilities is appropriate when adequate accommodations exist in the commercial market.

It is critical that we reach a solution to the subsistence issue which gets federal management out of Alaska fish and game matters. A real solution must bring Alaskans back together, not divide us further. Our current Constitution provides for both common use and preferences among beneficial users. I will support a solution, whether legislated or constitutional, which reaffirms the inherent equal rights of Alaskans while providing for a rural, or better, a local preference for true subsistence use that becomes effective in times of shortage. The ultimate solution is managing our fish and game so that there are sufficient resources for all user groups.

Crime Issues:

n) I will work to manage the cost and growth of government while reaffirming our priority funding commitment to education, public safety and transportation facilities. Public safety and education need increased funding within the context of a responsibly balanced budget constructed with the recognition that Alaskan's will have to personally pay for any level of services which exceeds our existing State revenues.

Our commitment to public safety includes 1) establishing prosecutorial guidelines including vigorous prosecution of repeat and violent offenders, 2) providing additional in-state correctional facilities with community support programs to combat recidivism, 3) funding additional State Trooper positions in rural Alaska and 4) directly addressing the threat of wildfire from dead spruce trees.

Pure racial profiling is inappropriate, however, criminal profiling regardless of race is necessary and proper.

I believe that all crimes have a basis in hate. Crime committed against any Alaskan is equally offensive. We have provisions to consider aggravating factors when sentencing guilty offenders. Aggravating factors, should be strongly considered when sentencing deserving offenders.

Education Issues:

n) I will work to manage the cost and growth of government while reaffirming our priority funding commitment to education, public safety and transportation facilities. Public safety and education need increased funding within the context of a responsibly balanced budget constructed with the recognition that Alaskan's will have to personally pay for any level of services which exceeds our existing State revenues.

Our commitment to education includes 1) building needed schools and improving maintenance of those we have, 2) redirecting funding from administration to the classroom, 3) increasing funding to recruit and retain the teachers in those classrooms, 4) expanding vocational education in high schools, 5) granting tuition credits or loan relief for University graduates staying and working in Alaska, 6) completing the University land grant and 7) improving accountability throughout our educational system.

When registering children for public school, parents should have the opportunity to opt-out of controversial studies or programs to which they object.

Employment and Affirmative Action Issues:

Employment g) State policy should promote a vigorous diverse economy which provides good jobs throughout Alaska. Prudent State incentives to promote businesses offering job quality, child care, insurance and retirement benefits are appropriate and exist in current tax, regulatory and social services structures. As legislators, we need to continuously reassess the effectiveness of State policy in benefiting working Alaskans and make appropriate modifications as facts and circumstances change.

All Alaskans should have the same opportunity for University admission, public employment and contracting. Selections should be objectively based on the relative qualifications of the applicant. It is in the public interest to promote local hire and local contractor provisions within the framework of Alaska and federal law.

Environmental and Energy Issues:

f) Many, if not most sites in Alaska requiring environmental remediation are more appropriately the responsibility of federal agencies or private land owners and should first be addressed by those parties.

In general, environmental regulations should be fair and appropriate in the specific context being regulated. In certain circumstances, Alaska reasonably has cause for regulation beyond the scope of federal law and in other circumstances we are best served with regulations significantly less strict than federal law. I will use the best and most complete objective information available to make reasonable and sensible decisions.

Gun Issues:

i) I strongly support the individual right of Alaskans to keep and bear arms. I support voluntary firearms safety and marksmanship programs in our schools. Punishment for crimes committed with firearms should be swift and severe. The right to keep and bear arms imposes the commensurate responsibility of a higher standard of care on Alaskans who choose to own firearms.

Health Issues:

i) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not an absolute responsibility of government, but is a vitally important public policy objective. I support creation of a State health insurance pool for employees of small businesses. HMOs are not much of an issue in Alaska. I will work to reduce the cost and increase the availability of medical care in Alaska. Much of this problem results from non-medical factors and fear of litigation. I support University tuition credits or student loan relief for nurses staying and working in Alaska.

Welfare and Poverty Issues:

i) An effective and compassionate social services safety net is vital to any civilized society. That security should be provided by a combination of private, church and government programs working together for the most efficient delivery of services possible. The mission of government should include minimizing the need for social services by successfully promoting a social and economic climate where all Alaskans benefit and share in the bounty of our State.

We have many fine social service agencies and programs in Alaska. I ask their representatives to join in the budget process to determine how we can cost efficiently maximize the services delivered using principles of consolidation, accountability and necessity.

Having the most lucrative welfare system in the United States is not a goal I share for Alaska. My vision includes efficient and effective mediation and intervention programs which include fundamental motivations for able beneficiaries to exercise the initiative needed to progress into self sufficiency.


P.O. Box 111329, Anchorage, Alaska, 99511-1329
Office 907-346-2844 Fax 907-346-3142 Email mike@mikehawker.org

Legislative Priorities:

I will work for a comprehensive, long-range, fiscal plan balancing Alaska's budget without compromising delivery of essential services. We need a real solution which stabilizes revenues, preserves capital and sustains a responsible level of spending. The solution should emphasize economic development and cost management before incorporating new broad based revenues.

Spending must be justified and prioritized guaranteeing appropriate funding for education, community safety and public facilities. Any new revenues must be necessary, fair and effective.

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