Dear Friends and Neighbors
The gridlock in the House has come to an end after three months of negotiations.
Without an organizational structure in place the House could not work to address public safety concerns, education reform, or attempt to pass a budget. Unfortunately, the political ideologies that traditionally bring people together to form a majority were not uniting members.
To help end the organizational struggle, I joined with colleagues to create a majority organization who understand that we need a balanced budget without going into savings or new revenues.
The new organization’s leadership team is made up of a budget conscious group of 5 Republicans, 1 Democrat and the Speaker who recently reregistered as Undeclared. I’m humbled to have the opportunity to serve as a member of the leadership team as the Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and the Vice Chair of the Rules Committee.
As the Governor has repeatedly stated, it is imperative that we take the steps necessary to match our expenses with our revenues.
Carrying out this mission without an income tax and without increasing taxes on oil and gas industry partners will continue to be one of my priorities.
I do not want to raise taxes just to pay a larger dividend or use an unstructured use of the Permanent Fund earnings to deficit spend. Use of the Permanent Fund outside of the limits place in SB 26 last year jeopardizes the sustainability of the fund and dividends for future generations.