tv Alaska Governor Delivers State of the State Address CSPAN January 31, 2023 6:48pm-7:35pm EST
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mike dunn lovely deliver his fifth state of the state address in juneau recent talks about the crisis the most pro-life state in the nation and advance the states role in the carbon market. this is 45 minutes. >> a welcome first of i would to thank everybody appeared to thank the lieutenant governor senate president stevens, speaker and all members of the 33rd legislative session. i want to thank you for the invitation to speak to you tonight on behalf of our fellow alaskans. first i want to recognize my wife of 35 years the first lady. [applause] [applause]
so it will be virtually impossible to this job without your support, rose. so thank you for putting up with me for the last several years and a few more to come as well. i would also like to recognize members of my cabot who attended tonight. could you please all stand and be recognized as well? [applause] again thank you for everything you're doing for the state of alaska. to the members of the legislature welcome and thank you for wanting to serve your constituents. tonight as i stand before the great people of alaska regarding the state of our state there is much to be thankful for. i'm also optimistic about the start of this session. i believe what we do now in the
next four months will set the course not just for the next four years but the next 50 years and beyond. weaving chants in the session to change the course of history there is no doubt. we won't change history by accepting things the way they are or the way they've always been done. as an example of this i want to introduce you to an alaskan who understands action and lives by it. the chair of the governor's council for disability and special education. she is a champion at the state and federal levels for fellow alaskans were facing physical and mental challenges. her work has changed the policy. his changed attitude and is change laws like the minimum wage exemption that allowed employers to face smaller wages. her tireless efforts helped us reveal that exemption in a bill last year it was proud to sign that bill with her at my side. heidi is a parent she isn't adequate, she is an
entrepreneur, she is an author. she is an artist. she's an inspiration to me and to all of us. heidi could you please stand and be recognized for your public service for the great state of alaska? [applause] [applause] heidi thank you for working so hard to change alaska for the better. alaska are people who show poise under pressure. over the past years you've overcome the stork earthquakes, wildfires, landslides and yes once than a century pandemic. nearly everything's been thrown at us but locus. this past september hundreds of miles of our western coast dozens of our communities were inundated with a powerful storm surge that upended homes, boats, vehicles and fish camps.
thankfully we do not suffer any loss of life in that storm. rather us archimedes come together to offer shelter, meals, helping hands. with winter fast approaching joint with volunteer groups the private sector's nonprofit organizations for massive recovery efforts that was a race against time. together roads and sea walls are rebuilt. as they traveled the region to monitor the recovery efforts people embody the toughness, the tenacity and the leadership became familiar to me when i lived and worked in rural alaska. one of our stops was in the town of seven truck the weather cleared enough for us to land. we had the town's seawall had been damaged and wanted to see what kind of assistance we can provide. upon landing who is the city's administrator. they did not have much time for standing around and she was
giving orders like a sgt in the marine corps almost as soon as we got off the plane. i was very impressed. she said governor, we have got to go we've got lots to see. i quickly learned daisy was ahead of the game but she already had a damage assessment completed and she already had a contractor lined up to rebuild the seawall. i knew this would be in great shape because of her focus, diligence, hard work. by the end of our business i told my team i felt i should be taking orders from her is an honor to present daisy with the ward at the annual fa convention. and i'm so glad to see you're here representing all of the community members rose up to the occasion under such difficult circumstances. so daisy, would you please stand and get recognized for your efforts? [applause]
[applause] thank you daisy for answer the call to serve your people and the people of alaska. so, how we answer a call to serve as a question for all of us. i am optimistic about the next four years and the next 50 because of everything we have achieved in the last four years to reach this moment in time despite everything we faced such as natural disasters, $1.6 billion deficit, debts and downgrades record-breaking crime wave, negative 3-dollar-barrel oil is mentioned a pandemic, inflation at a 40 or hyper in spite of all of that we are still here, we are still standing and we're going to be moving forward. in the midst of it all we did deliver the biggest in history last fall at a time when alaskans needed it the most. [applause]
or credit outlook has improved in our debts and liabilities are down. over the last four years most of her agency operating spendings is also down. my proposed budget for operating spending next year is nearly 4% lower than the one i inherited in 2019. my second year the pandemic descended upon alaska. i remember supposed to wipe us out. like other places you've lost friends, relatives and loved ones. but as i stand here today alaska is fortunate in the fourth lowest death rates per capita in the country. it is something to keep in perspective. but the best survival rate we kept industries running. respect local control, individual freedom for we fought
back lowballing the pandemic and the associated chaos cap the state moving forward. works of the university to fund the world-class research that it does best. such as unmanned aircraft, heavy oil critical minerals, hydrogen micro nuclear power making it sustainable with a dedicated phone that's not subject to the annual sweep. [applause] with the help of the ledger said funding for maintenance we upgraded to serve longer routes than the panhandler will do the same. we also replacing the old rusty. [applause]
[laughter] i think we need to get the representative repast for the next year too. [laughter] [laughter] our largest theory, the club it would back serving beginning of february. thanks to bipartisan support from 41 legislators another accomplishment that gives me great optimism for the future was a passage of the alaska reads act last session. for the first time we have an education policy that demands accountability that sent benchmarks that provides the tools in our teachers to set our students on a course for success in life. no longer will measure achievements will measure achievements by how well our kids are performing. [applause] thanks again to bipartisan support we put a record amount into public safety itself.
we've grown our ranks public safety offices. we took office just 45 working compared to nearly 102,000. increased funding in working with our local partners to retain officers were 68 officers at the end of 2022. [applause] well being a public safety officer is a difficult job but we are grateful for the individuals to step up. one is hard-working individuals was supposed to be here tonight but there is a bit of a snafu with his flight. in any event i want to recognize sgt navarro. his hired in 2009 to serve the community as it vps over it for the past 13 years sgt navarro has served his community of the
common quiet presence as he's taken on bootleggers and drug traffickers to work with our state troopers to hold offenders accountable. back in 2015 he also saved the life of a four -month-old child in distress by performing cpr for over two hours while waiting for medevac flight to arrive from anchorage. his actions help protect lives once again this past fall as remains of typhoon approach because he made sure the committee was prepared and elders were shelter pretty help keep the power on meet everyone's need for food and water. sgt that many roles when called upon. on behalf of alaskans onto thanks for all significantly further computed. so can we please recognize sgt navarro as well even though he is not here today.
>> have absolutely shown results. alaska's safer today than it was four years ago. thanks to the work of our men and women in law enforcement and the resources and the policies we put in place, our primary 2021 -- crime rate declined to a 41-year low just 4 years after it reached a 19-year high in 2017. this is -- [applause] this is unprecedented. and i have to thank the members of the legislature past and present for hair help with along with all of our law enforcement personnel and prosecutors. this is why policy matters. over past five years, we've cleared a historic sexual assault kit backlog and are
currently connecting d the na, and in the evidence has resulted in indictments as we pursue justice for victims. we've also put policies many place to make sure these backlogs her happen again. never happen again. to be clear, we're all well aware that there is more to do to protect alaskans no matter who her or where hay live. we did take a major accept last year when we reformed our outdated consent law. prior to this bill's pass averages as hard as it is to believe, in the state of alaska under alaska law, the onus was on the victim to physically resist the perpetrator. as we mow when -- know when such crimes are being committed, physically resisting isn't always possible. and all of us mow, no -- know, no should mean no. [applause] now it does.
now we have the tools to prosecute these perpetrators. now for the first time in alaska's history, no actually means no, and this is important. we celebrate this common sense reform, but it took us million the last -- until the last day of the last session to get it done. it took the legislators to put the people over partisanship. for that i want to thank senators such as schellingly hughes and jesse teal and sarah rasmussen in particular to get the he reform to my desk to be signed. they refused to accept possibility that it still would end up as just another casualty of the clock running out in jun. there'sen someone else i want to introduce you to who played an important role in getting this bill across the finish line. she's a champion for -- [inaudible] she refuses to accept things the way they are or how they've always been.
if katie boss is here today, and i want to personally thank her on behalf of all alaskans and every survivor that may feel like they don't have a voice. or worse, that they're not being heard. in spite of pain it brought to her, katie raised her voice. katie believed that speaking up would help keep others from experiencing what she's gone from and that speaking up would insure that justice would be served on those who victimize others. in the end, we almost let her down when the passage of that bill was in general. ty. thankfully, we didn't. and i want to read you something he wrote in letters -- she wrote in letters to newspapers after bill passed. i'm feeling more positive now, and i believe that one person can actually help make a difference after all. katie, i'm here to let you know that you did make a difference, you've demonstrated that one person can, in fact, make a difference. and i want to thank you for not giving up. thank you for reminding us why
we're here. we're here to help alaskans, the people of alaska. kate i, could you please stand -- katie the, could you please stand and be reck hidessed for all your efforts to make a difference for our state. [applause] thank you again, katie. for your courage and your dedication. several years ago i ran for this office on issues that the included reforming public safety and education. the very first crisis my administering had to tackle was at the alaska psychiatric institute. it had shrunk to just 19 beds. the built was in danger of losing its ability to accept federal funds. we didn't run from this challenge, we rose to meet it.
as a result, the bed with whats i has increased from 19 to 71 under administration, the adolescent unit reopened in may 021 and is pulley utilized today to. thanks to countless dedicated individuals, we righted ship. it was thanks to people like rebecca morrissey. following in her father's foot accepts, she's a generation psychiatric nurse at api. since 2016 she's worked in the adult psychiatric unit and most recently in hospital education. she's seen the darkest days at api, and she's also seen the incredible turn-around in the past pour years. for her dedicated work and the work of so many others, now api is providing services alaskans expect us to deliver. rebecca, would you please stand and be recognized on behalf of your work and your colleagues at p -- api?
[applause] thank you again, rebecca, for all you do for the people of alaska. the turn-around at api is an example of what's possible when we position on making government work. it proves we can fix broken systems rather than just accept the status quo. this is why i'm optimistic. this is why i believe we can get things done this year. to fulfill our destiny as a state the, one challenge we must overcome is the way we're perceived by some outside interests. in many respects, we've beener is yo typed as the land of push and igloos, frigid temperatures. we're a place everyone wants to visit and a good place to shoot a reality show, and that's fine. however, when it comes to policies impacting alaska, all too often these perceptions, misconceptions ander is yo typel
harm to alaska and our future. 64 years after we joined the union, alaska's still fighting for its right to be recented as a sovereign by the federal government that's on equal footing with the other states. for example, the biden administration through executive orders over the past two years has restricted alaska's ability to capitalize on the resources within our borders. no less than 41 executive actions, 41, have been taken by the current administration to strangle alaska's promises of statehood. few other states have this challenge. for example, i don't know about you, but i've never heard of an alaskan worrying about what they're doing in arkansas or rhode island or delaware. but there is a constant stream of people from outside of here trying to take -- trying to turn alaska into their fairy tale image of a martial park where -- national park where income can be produced merely on, i guess, love and goodwill. this isn't reality. this is a challenge we struggle
with every single day, and i'll do everything in my power to defend the rights guaranteed to alaska at statehood. as governor and as legislators, we have a moral obligation to insure that we fulfill the promise of statehood and are allowed to create our own destiny for future generations. but principal agencies are clearly -- federal agencies are clearly wrong when they're misinterpreting the statehood act or other laws governing our relationship with the federal government. we have an obligation to stop them. when environmental extremeists and lulled diets are wrong, they must be opposed as well. we have a right to exist on equal booting with the rest of the 49 states -- footing -- and that's a fact. we're no longer a territory, we're no longer a district. we're the 49th state. [applause] we won't accept that we're
second rate, that we're just a piece of the park system. that we're just a billionaire if's playground set up for glamping for a couple weeks and hen take a off for davos in our private jets. we have an obligation, fight back against this elitist attitude and to secure a future for our kids and our grandkids. for that reason, my statehood defense budget goes beyond additional funding for our legal efforts. it has to. we need legal resources, but we also need to fund research to defend ourselves against these outside actions that threaten to close down areas as large as texas or california based upon flawed, contrived or incomplete data and assumptions. however, we just can't play defense, we must also go on the offense as well. for too long we've allowed ores to tell -- others to tell our story. the -- to opportunity initiative in my opposed dub proposed budget is going to change that. we know we've been the leaders this many responsible resource
development whether it's mining, oil, gas or fisheries. we mow we've been doing can esg since before esg was the latest passion bl thing on wall street or washington. we've never had a major mining accident, we don't flare our gas and never have, and we don't have to be told not to by the federal government. we have stricter field response rules than the federal government itself. we're going to tell this story, our story, real story, and it's not the story the extreme theists want anyone to believe. through multiple media channels and target a thed industry outreach, we'll promote our unmatched opportunities for investment and development. from logistics to unmanned aircraft, from critical min calls -- minerals to low and no-carbon energy and much more, alaska is a resource power powerhouse that has much more to offer than just our beauty and wildlife. now is the time to share our
story, not their fairy tales, with the rest of the world. and and i'm urging members of the legislator to -- legislature to support initiative. i'm also calling on members to support the bills under my people first initiative. my administration's piled several bills last year with common sense measures to increase protections for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, to increase penalties for offenders and take the on sex asking. one of these bills expanded the definition to include those the predators who are coercing the most vulnerable into sex trades with threats such as withholding basic needs like food, clothing or shelter. as incredible as it sounds, this is happening today, right here many our state, in alaska, in 2023. unfortunately, the bill we filed last year were left on the table. many some cases not even receiving a single hearing. we'll file these bills again because this issue is too important to wait another year. and i'm calling on legislators
to give survivors and their advocates the opportunity to testify and shape these bills and then send it to my desk for a signature. hay deserve nothing less -- they deserve nothing less. [applause] protecting public safety, protecting our most vulnerable is the most important job for any elected official. bringing an end to the scourge of sexual assault and domestic violence is a moral imperative. but, unfortunately, the issue of fentanyl is also a pressing issue which we must address. if as i announced in october, i'll be introducing legislation that declares war on those who are recklessly dealing fentanyl and fentanyl-laced drugs this many our communities. this drug is not your grandparents' marijuana. this drug, taken in the smallest amounts knowingly or unknowingly, can cause death in just a matter of months. last year law enforcement seized
13.4 million potentially deadly doses, enough to kill the entire population of alaska 18 times over. and i'm thankful to our local, state and federal drug enforcement officers who, no doubt, saved countless lives because of these efforts. tragically though, we've lost too many alaskans to in the deadly poison, and it's killed hundreds of thousands of americans mt. past two years. the morally bankrupt know that death is a possibility, and they don't give a rip. so we're putting them on notice tonight. i'll introduce legislation to increase the penalty for a dealer who sells poison the that results in the death of anyone. right now,s urn current law, this act can only be charged as manslaughter with a maximum sentence of 0 years. under -- 20 the years. under my legislation we'll increase the penalty to second-degree murder or with a sentence of up to 99 years. these people deserve nothing less. for those individuals who
couldn't care less about human life, you aren't just gambling with the lives of others when you peddle this poison, you're gambling with your own life. we're going to lock you up, and we're going to throw away the key. we're not going to let you keep killing alaskans and tearing families apart, and we'll be relentless, relentless in the pursuit of justice. [applause] as i focus on enforcement and intercepting this deadly poison, we must be focused on treatment as well. if you're struggling with addiction, we'll work with you to help you find treatment. yes, this'll cost money. but keep in mind these people aren't just strangers. they're our fellow alaskans. they're our family members, friends, spouses and coworkers. often times they got addicted to opiates following stents, injuries or surgeries -- accidents, injuries or
surgeries. through our department of health and in conjunction with our schools and nonprofit partners, we'll do everything possible to educate alaskans so they don't become addicted, but if you do, we'll continue our work to end the stigma around addiction so that people who are struggling will seek help and get it. these initiatives require resources. but we are better positioned today to fund them. thankfully, because of our work over the past four years, we've paid off hundreds of millions of dollars many tax credits, and our pension obligations are reduced hanks to sound investments and returns -- can thanks. we put some of last year's windfall into savingings. so whilst true that we face a deficit at the moment, that a deficit is far more manageable hand $1.6 billion gap i inherited four years ago. because of our improved fiscal situation, my proposed budget funds additional services and initiatives without increasing overall spending.
one area we're proposing to add resources to is the healthy families initiative. we're asking for funding to expand postof partum medicaid coverage from 60 days to 1 months to insure that moms -- 12 months to insure that moms and their children at get off to a healthy start in life. [applause] the initiative will also fund recruitment and retention of the health care professionals we need to pill the 5,000 jobs that will be required over next 10 years. the healthy families initiative will also add support to our efforts to battle tuberculosis. we have the highest rate in the country at nearly three times the national average. this problem dates back more than a century, and 70% of our tb cases afflict our native fellow alaskans. with these increased resources, our goal is to eliminate tb as a health threat in alaska once and
for all. another area we're adding resources is the rural professional housing program. my proposed budget will expand eligibility to include agencies such as the office of children's services that are needed many our remote communities. [applause] in keeping with our efforts to be prepared for anything, i'm also proposing to expand our state defense force whose members prove to be a critical asset in our storm response and recovery last fall. with more veterans per capita than any other state, we have a deep pool of individuals with a wide range of skills that we can draw from to build up strength. a stronger state defense force won't be available for disaster response, its members might also deploy to help run power plants or provide tech the support or operate heavy equipment, whatever the need may be. a stronger state defense force
will build a more secure and more independent alaska, and i'm looking forward to working with legislators to support this proposal. [applause] we're also going to build upon work of the buy, catch, review task force and the food security independence task force. we know that some of our most valuable fisheries are in trouble. halibut, western alaska salmon and bering sea crab are vital not only to our economy, but to alaska's way of life. fishing is the beating heart of alaska, there's no doubt. it's provided food and shaped the culture of alaska for thousands of years. it's the largest source of private sector jobs mt. state. it generates millions of dollars in revenue opinion our coastal communities as well. anyone familiar with fisheries management knows how complex it can be among users, target fishes and regions. like the price of oil, alaska's
also experienced boom and bust periods many our fisheries. at the same time, we don't have to accept that we're mere bystanders at mercy of forces outside of our control. so my budget puts additional resources into western alaska salmon research and the buy-catch task force will -- bi-catch task force will provide additional recommendations. we must do all we can to sustain our great fisheries and insure that our resources are managed to the benefit of alaskans, first and foremost. [applause] these fisheries are also major sources of food security, and the food security task force is wrapping up its work now. as i await its final report of recommendations, we're asking year to invest many our existing producers. in the delta region, we're expanding and upgrading access to -- power that will lower cost to palmers and increase yields d farmers.
at our corrections if facility at point mac, we're going to invest in equipment to process and flash freeze the hundreds of thousands of pounds of produce grown every year that supplies the corrections system. once this facility is up and running, we'll a make it available to our local farmers who currently lack access to processing and preservation equipment. equipment like vegetable washers and flash freeze e will also allow farmers to add value and make their products available year round. my administration will also continue to support the -- industry that's been growing expo men,ially. we have the fastest permitting process mt. country, if not the world, and people are starting to take the notice. acres under production or in the application process are up more than 1,100% from 2016-2022. if state, federal and evos or funds and grants in just the past two years total more than $93 million. our work to increase our food
security and build independence through economic development is just getting started. i'm optimistic about bipartisan support for these initiatives and the ideas and enthusiasm from our stakeholders. my vision for the next pour years so build -- four years is to build momentum and independence that's unstoppable. ms. -- [applause] by setting the right public policies around regulations, land and infrastructure, we'll unleash the private sector that's ready and able to feed not just alaskans, but people around the world. we're also weesed with the resources -- blessed with the resources of today, but we also are blessed with the resources of tomorrow. we'll continue to lead in the production of oil, natural gas, the convention aal and critical minerals. at the same time, our potential will allow us to emerge as a global leader in new forms of low and no-carbon emergency.
we'll unlock our -- energy. we'll unlock our -- and look at power of alaska to supply our asian allies and produce zero carbon energy in the form of hydrogen and ammonia. we'll take advantage of resources with nearly 20% of the world's tidal energy and 50 gig tons of carbon storage capacity. we'll attract investments and generate new revenue to our ports, our coastline and is our oil and gas spaces. with support for our carbon monetization bill, we'll change the conversation about new revenue from the tired hiking of the past. experts in this emerging industry have informed us that we can realize revenue to the tune of billions of or dollars. that's billions of dollars per year by creating a carbon management system here in alaska. we've been told by some that we can generate as much as $30 billion or more over 20 years. just from our forest lands alone. possible, that's a
game-changer -- if possible, that's a game-changer. represents the means to fund services, to lower the cost of living and improve our quality of life, to create wealth and billions of dollars in economic activity without axing each other -- taxing each other or eliminating the psc. if. [applause] as we look to the future, we'll tap into new markets for our resources, we'll responsibly develop them, and we'll remain the good stewards of our environment that we've always been. we'll be a hub for energy, for logistics, for shipping, for unmanned aircraft and for national defenseful we'll be a leader in renewable and nuclear energy as well. we must create an alaska a for the next generation. it was often said by our parents that they wanted to pass on to the next generation a better country, a better alaska. well, tonight we have a pair of
young alaskans here in the room who represent that next generation. they won't be voting for any of us anytime soon, but we work for them just same. i want you to meet elijah and francis. elijah is -- [applause] he's all excited about, you know, getting his voting card in a few years. [laughter] elijah's 2, fran if seen jo is just 3 months old. and we owe it to josiah and flora and parents like them to build a state that works for them and works for their children. we owe it to future generations to measure our actions today against what it will mean tomorrow for little alaskans like elijah and francine. they're probably too young to remember tonight, this night, but eventually hale be old enough to remember what we did from point forward.
flora, could you please stand with your family and be recognized as alaska's future. [applause] to the members of the 33rd legislature, will you please join with me in committing to do everything we can to make alaska the best possible place for families like this? and for young kids, young children like elijah and francine and for all the alaskans we work for. this is important. i want to thank you again for being here tonight and representing alaskans for today and the alaskans for tomorrow. when i look around this room, i see folks who are just beginning their time in office, and i see
others like me who are getting closer to the end with every passing day. when we have a lot of days -- things left to do what's best for alaska or just a few, question for all of us is how are we going to use that time. our history has always been written, including right now as i speak. the question for all of us is, what do we want that history to be? will we be fighting over the pse in 50 years, or will we have settleddish sue long before by respecting the voice of all alaskans? will history show that we missed opportunities or that we've seized them? will we put pollices and personal the cities ahead of -- personalities ahead of immediate or people or send them? will we do what's right for the people we serve who have become a little cynical about what happens down here in juneau? i believe we are at such a time. i believe the time is now. i believe what we do now mt.
next pour months -- in the next four months will set alaska on a course not just for the next pour years, but for the next generation. but tonight i'm not asking you to just acknowledge this moment in history, i'm asking you to seize this moment with me as an opportunity to to the write our history starting today. we can seize this moment together, or we can let it pass us by as individuals. when you look at your fellow members down your right or on your left literally and politically, i hope you'll see someone who wants to seize this moment with you. i hope you'll see someone who wants the best for alaska today and for alaska 50 years from now. that's what i hope. that's who i'm ready to work with. and so, as i get ready to close, i want about to hang for the opportunity to speak with you -- thank you for the opportunity to speak with you and the great people of alaska tonight, but there is one last thing. and this is important. it's no secret to anyone that i'm a pro-life governor, and my
administration is ready to work with all of you over the next four years to achieve of the goal to make alaska the most pro-life state in the country. and let me just speak for a moment. you see, like many of you, i happen to like people. and more importantly, we need more people in alaska, not less. we need more people at our jobs, we need more people in our schools, we need more people who create wealth, we need more people solving alaska's problems and the world's problems. we need more families achieving the american dream. people are not a nebulous, abstract concept. people are what this is all about. everything we do here is for the people, or it should be. government is about serving the people, and the people are why we're here. people of alaska today and certainly the people of alaska tomorrow. that's important to remember, because there's no tomorrow without people.
and we can never lose sight of that. to that end, together we can enact policies like the healthy families initiative for our people hard pro-children -- that are pro-children, pro-mothers, pro-fathers, pro-family. i know this might sound strange to some, but we have to make it okay, we have to make it okay again to have families, to put a family together and to have children. with new revenue from our carbon initiative, we can enact policies that are welcoming for kids and families. for alaska to compete for the next 50 years, we do need to be a place where families want to be. we can't allow government policies and attitudes to box young people into a corner where they believe there's no hope, there's no chance and there's no purpose to having kids or forming a family. we've been fed a marive over the years that -- narrative that, ultimately, conclusively if followed to its logical
conclusion leads to our own demise. we've been fed a false narrative that you can have it all as long as you don't have children and maybe a family. and i believe that doesn't have to be. .. the past couple of years it has become even more challenging with inflation rising faster than wages, the cost of housing, food and energy are making people think twice about throwing their family or even starting one. our policy should not be a disincentive for forming families and having children. but, if we are successful at our
jobs. we are here to do what we do we're going to next policies to reduce the cost of living in alaska and make it affordable to raise a family and have children but to gather it will improve our health care options for families. together spur economic development and create jobs with wages that can support a family. through the actions will take together, when people ask which of the 50 states and values in children's and family the most from the moment of conception on, i hope they say alaska. people look for the safest place to raise a family, hope they say alaska. people look for the best educational system for their family, i hope they will say alaska. when people are looking for affordable housing i hope it is alaska where they find it. people are looking for economic opportunity, again i hope it is alaska.
while people are looking for the best quality of life, i hope they will say it is alaska. that's my goal inhibits your goal as well. if it isn't what is the point where we here? i believe you're here to achieve this goal. it was really from now on 50 earth truly bought our children than it really needs to be about children. supporting children, valuing children, valuing families and valuing each individual life. if it is all of that that every decision we make should be about supporting the next generation. i want to thank all of you. i want to god bless all of you and god the great state of alaska.
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