State of Alaska Archives: on Jobs


Mike Dunleavy: Bring gaming to Alaska: create hundreds of high-paying jobs

I'll be supporting legislation to bring gaming to Alaska. Alaska can no longer afford to deny itself a revenue stream available to nearly every other state in the nation. Along with enhancing revenue, gaming could create hundreds of high-paying jobs in some of our communities, and we would join a long list of states that have embraced gaming for some time.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Alaska legislature Jan 28, 2021

Dan Sullivan: Opposes federal minimum wages; opposed increase to $15/hour

Q: Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Dan Sullivan: Unclear. In 2014 changed position to support increasing state minimum wage by $2 an hour, but said he opposed federal minimum wages. In 2019 opposed $15-an-hour wage.

Al Gross: Yes. Says good-paying jobs in Alaska start "by raising the minimum wage and defending collective bargaining rights for our workers and unions."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Alaska Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Al Gross: Raise the minimum wage; defend collective bargaining rights

I'll be an advocate for our students and labor force and for creating good-paying jobs here in Alaska. That starts by raising the minimum wage and defending collective bargaining rights for our workers and unions.
Source: 2020 Alaska Senate campaign website DrAlGrossAK.com Jun 7, 2020

Al Gross: Raise the minimum wage; defend collective bargaining

I'll be an advocate for our labor force. That starts by raising the minimum wage and defending collective bargaining rights for our workers and unions.
Source: 2020 Alaska Senate campaign website DrAlGrossAK.com Nov 20, 2019

Al Gross: First political campaign in Alaska to unionize

A handful of campaigns are unionizing with a promise of better pay and insurance for campaign workers. That trend landed in Alaska on Labor Day when Al Gross announced that his campaign would also be unionizing. Gross says his campaign will be the first unionized campaign in Alaska when it unionizes with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. "As we grow our economy into the future, Alaska must treat its workers with fairness and respect all along the way," he said.
Source: The Midnight Sun on 2020 Alaska Senate race Sep 3, 2019

Mike Dunleavy: The only path forward to new jobs is to encourage businesses

Alaska's economy is currently in recession and we have the highest unemployment rate in the country.˙ The worst possible response to a struggling private sector is to impose a statewide income tax, the path Governor Walker wants to take. We can't tax our way to prosperity.˙ The only way to restore our economy and bring new jobs to Alaska is to create a business climate that encourages investment, instead of making it more difficult.
Source: 2018 AK governor Campaign website AlaskansForDunleavy.com Sep 1, 2018

Mead Treadwell: Exporting raw materials means exporting jobs

I want to build up the revenue the state gets from the corporate income tax. When we export fire logs as opposed to furniture. When we export raw salmon as opposed to salmon fillet that's ready to go into the supermarket. When we export raw minerals or natural gas--raw as opposed to plastics or some sort of finished products, we're exporting jobs. We're exporting jobs to Russia when we let them get ahead of us on LNG. All those things can build up the corporate income tax revenue.
Source: Anchorage Daily News on 2018 Alaska gubernatorial race Aug 16, 2018

Bill Walker: Address state economic recovery with jobs program

It is time to put Alaskans back to work, and that's why I have introduced the Alaska Economic Recovery Act. It doesn't take a team of economists to tell us what we already know: that our economy is in recession and Alaska has the highest unemployment in the nation. At the same time, lean capital budgets over the last few years have meant our schools & infrastructure are way overdue for maintenance. Passage of the Economic Recovery Act will provide a needed shot in the arm to the economy and create jobs.
Source: 2018 Alaska State of the State address Jan 18, 2018

Sarah Palin: Alaska Construction Academy: 2,520 students learn skills

We have some great news to share about a successful partnership involving the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This venture produced the Alaska Construction Academy, and now, more than 2,300 middle and high school students and 320 adults are learning new skills--such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding and drywall finishing. The academy started as a pilot program in Anchorage to attract and train young people and adults to first jobs in the Alaska construction industry

This program has been so successful, more will follow elsewhere statewide. Graduates will help fill the 1,000 construction jobs that are needed annually.

Out of the first group of 113 Anchorage adult graduates, 77% were hired and increased their earnings 40% in the two quarters following their training. Adult classes are offered at various times, based on community employer needs, and will be expanded to include weatherization programs.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: August 2008 Newsletter Aug 20, 2008

Sarah Palin: Leverage job-training dollars thru voc-tech curriculum

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT - I will leverage job-training dollars through efficiencies in government, private sector partnerships, and responsible investments in job training opportunities that result in good jobs for Alaskans. I look forward to working with a cross section of citizen advisors who represent private sector employers’ educational institutions, union and non-union training programs and other workforce development professionals on the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. With their advice, we can meet the rapidly growing need for trained workers. I am a strong proponent of vocational and technical curriculum in our schools and will focus on this area to get our workforce ready for the future. I don’t want to see an importation of Alaska’s workforce when we have untapped talent here in the state, anxious for training and anxious for the opportunity to work.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

Sarah Palin: Focus Workforce Investment Board on vocational careers

Workforce Readiness for Students: Alaska’s youth have tremendous career opportunities in the skilled trades if they have adequate training. I will charge the Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) with drawing upon its considerable expertise to develop a pilot program aimed at increasing awareness of vocational career opportunities for our younger students through a partnership with industries facing worker shortages. The pilot will be industry-focused and include a streamlined and efficient administrative process to encourage industry participation. It will consider children’s safety first and be designed with exciting field trips and industry-based learning activities.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

Matthew Corey: No affirmative action; reduce state regulations on business

On Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on... College and university admissions?

A: No.

Q: Public employment?

A: No.

Q: State contracting?

A: No.

Source: VoteSmart Alaska 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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2020 Presidential contenders on Jobs:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
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Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
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