Gary's Thoughts On:
Here I offer some thoughts on a variety of issues facing Alaska and our communities.
First, Why I Am Running:
I am running because there are several issues I have been working on in Fisheries and Education that I would like to see completed. My 20 years of experience in the legislature has given me a perspective few have. I know how to work with other legislators to accomplish the important things needed during these difficult times. Because of COVID I suspect this will be a shortened session, so it is important we hit the ground running, move swiftly through the budget process, and keep legislation to the minimum while protecting legislators and staff from the virus.
We need to maintain the Alaska Marine Highway System. Undoubtedly it will be smaller than in the past with fewer ships and voyages, but it is essential that service be dependable and maintained.
Biggest Issue This Coming Session:
The biggest issue this coming session will be the budget. When the Governor attempted to cut education by 25% and eliminate the Marine Highway, the people of my district were distraught. We need an honest discussion on the budget with answers that honestly work and is mathematically possible. I would urge voters to question anyone who tries to buy their vote by making promises they will not be able to keep.