State of Alaska Archives: on Welfare & Poverty
Alaska has gone from hand-up to a handout welfare state
I hear from Alaskans who don't understand how we can be the richest state in the nation of natural resources, yet be one of two states in recession. I hear from Alaskans who were told there would be no need to impose taxes or take their PFD, yet that
is what is occurring. Alaskans have watched Alaska transform from a state where one could make an incredible living into a welfare state where a handout has replaced a hand up. If we want to turn our state around, we need a new person in office.
Source: Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman on 2018 Alaska gubernatorial race
May 10, 2018
Unacceptable that so many Alaskans wake up in a cold house
Reducing energy costs across Alaska is one of the highest priorities for my administration. We are the most energy-rich state in the nation. God has blessed us with almost limitless resources. It is unacceptable that so many fellow Alaskans wake
up each morning in a cold house, as I did growing up in rural Alaska.
If Alaska was a country, we'd be among the top eight energy producers in the world and yet we have the highest cost of energy in the nation. We can and must do better.
This administration has made it a priority to reduce energy costs at state-owned and public buildings, including schools. Increasing energy efficiency will allow state dollars to be better concentrated on the services provided.
Every growing economy in
the world has one thing in common, and that is low-cost energy. This administration will not rest until Alaska is squarely on the road to becoming an economic powerhouse thanks to low-cost energy that will bolster and diversify our economy.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Alaska Legislature
Jan 22, 2015
Eliminate federal welfare; implement federal hiring freeze
Miller indicates the following federal spending changes by department or agency:
- Eliminate Agriculture
- Eliminate Arts
- Greatly Decrease Environment
- Eliminate Welfare
Miller adds, "A hiring freeze needs to be implemented on all federal hiring of non-essential personnel until the nation climbs out of recession and greatly decreases its debt."
Source: Alaska Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test
Sep 1, 2010
EITC moves thousands of welfare recipients into workforce
Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “EITC Awareness”
Jan 31, 2008
- WHEREAS, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable federal income tax credit for people who work but earn low wages. It is a work-support program, designed to encourage work by providing a financial incentive to work and by allowing
low-income workers to keep more of the money they earn.
- WHEREAS, the EITC has encouraged hundreds of thousands of welfare recipients to enter the workforce; it continues to lift more families out of poverty than any other federal program;
WHEREAS, the EITC put roughly $60 million into the pockets of Alaska’s low-income working families and individuals last year.
- WHEREAS, unfortunately, each year many qualified people fail to apply for the EITC because they do not know about it, do
not know they are eligible, or do not know how to apply.
- NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gov. Sarah Palin, do hereby proclaim Feb. 1, 2008, as Alaska Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, and urge Alaskans who are eligible to apply for the EITC.
Recognize Salvation Army and encourage charity to them
- WHEREAS, the Salvation Army, or East London Christian Mission as it was first known, was founded in 1865.
- WHEREAS, The Salvation Army started its work in Alaska in 1898 and today serves people in 15 communities across our state, as well as
serving people around the globe in more than 110 countries and on all continents.
- WHEREAS, The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in
His name without discrimination.
- WHEREAS, The Salvation Army today assists more than 42 million people throughout the US.
- WHEREAS, the State of Alaska recognizes the important charitable work of The Salvation Army and encourages
Alaskans to support the kickoff of the Red Kettle campaign on Thursday, November 15, 2007.
- NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gov. Sarah Palin, do hereby proclaim November 15, 2007, as Red Kettle Day in Alaska, and encourage all citizens to give to local charities.
Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Red Kettle Day”
Nov 13, 2007
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