Employment and Industry  

Computers

We will bring jobs not only into the rail belt but throughout the state by “bush-sourcing” tech support.  My “Gray-Gold” initiative will ease the transition of good ideas to reality.  Our greatest natural resource is the gray organ between the ears of our people.  We will remove every obstacle possible.

          A few years ago, I was appalled when the state senate passed the bill making the 30.06 the official rifle of the state of Alaska and initiating Alaska Marmot Day as an official thing- this as our economy circled the drain and while having a very limited time to pass legislation.  Folks this is what they thought was important and both were proposed and passed by my fellow Republicans.  As I’ve said so many times, we can do better than this, and you deserve better than this.

          Right now, after well over a year of folks being laid off, or staying home as a result of this covid overreaction, our neighbors have become comfortable living off of unemployment and welfare.  This was planned, I am convinced, but it does not change what we must do.  First off, right this moment we have plenty of jobs to be had.  Very few city blocks go without a single “help wanted” sign in some window.  But we will close the spigot off of which these folks are feeding.  It’s time to get back to work, friends.  When folks walk away from their welfare handout, they will be looking for jobs.

          On the other hand, in many, if not most, of the rural villages there is very little work in any case.  I have some proposals addressing this.

 

  • First off, the needed roads will be built, and will be done as described elsewhere on this website.  This will require workers and they will come.  They will be led by new and forward thinking companies.  We will no longer bow down to the status quo simply because it has always been done that way.

 

  • Alaska has benefited greatly and will continue to do so, from oil- Black Gold.  I will lead what I call my Gray Gold Initiative.  By this I mean mining the brilliance of our people.  These are high-sounding words, I know, but hear me out.  Every person I know has a good idea for a business or maybe even a new industry, but they get nowhere.  I have experienced this myself right here in the Matsu.  You come up with an idea and you meet roadblock after roadblock with the result that nothing every develops.  What is more, finding someone to invest in a new, good idea is very difficult and sometimes impossible.  In these times one cannot blame anyone for being tight-fisted.  But can we do better?  I say we can.

          The small business development offices in our state have failed us miserably.  In fact, I went to one to try to find investors and they simply pointed me at a bunch of brochures on a wall.  I then asked if they could name me a single success that resulted from their office.  They could not name one.  This, my friend, is a bureaucracy that has to be fixed.

          I will revamp this system and will see to it that angel investors have a conduit by which money can be funneled easily to inventors and new business owners. 

 

  •  We will energetically “Marry” inventors and investors and will start a new thing, possibly as early as middle school in which we find young folks who are smart in business with those who are inventive.  Who is to say that the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs is not attending Butte Elementary School right now?

 

  • When you call for tech support you usually wind up talking to someone in New Delhi or Mumbai.  Typically, as you talk to them, you hear John Smith flipping through papers as he is simply working his way through a flip chart.  When he can no longer answer your question, he then calls in the true expert.  My question; why aren’t we doing that right here?  I propose that we set up our folks in the Native villages to run flip charts for new tech companies. It is not well known that the most sought after voices for radio and such are Nebraskans as they are said to have the most easily understood accent (Johnny Carson was a Nebraskan and you remember his crisp, clear speech).  Alaskan Natives who speak English do so with great care and they pronounce things in such a way as to be easily understood by anyone.  Not so with some of the folks doing tech support now.  But the main thing is that our villages are on the net, all have phones, and speak English, and therefore can run a flip chartI call this my Bush-Sourcing initiative.

 

  •   Alaskans are sick and tired of being shut in.  I believe you are about to see a resurgence of the local Mall like we’ve not seen since the 1980s.  It is not the government’s job to run malls, but we will “grease the skids” so that local retailers can open malls and stores which will very soon be overrun by shoppers.

 

  • I, myself, have several ideas- inventions if you will, and I am sure you do too.  We will open that formerly exclusive door to all Alaskans.  We will get away from the knee-jerk “No” answer and we will find a way to say, “Yes,” to Alaska’s inventors.

 

  • A few years ago, Alaska invited the movie industry in, and in they came.  With special tax breaks in place, they saw that Alaska was the place to make movies.  I myself was an extra in one of them.  But immediately, the state decided we could tax those folks and give birth to a cash cow.  Immediately the industry turned away from us.  What too many in government missed was that while those folks were in town, they were spending money right here.  We are very good at shooting ourselves in the foot.  Those days will end when I am governor.

 

  • Ted Stevens International Airport and the Ports of Anchorage and Port MacKenzie lie within 8,500 miles of 80% of the world’s major ports and airports.  We are the crossroads of the world.  Some have begun to awaken to this.  We will make this a centerpiece of my administration.  Transshipping, both aerial and nautical will become a very common thing here, much more than it is now.

 

  •  On a somewhat personal note, music is a big part of my life.  I have many, many friends who are music stars from all genres in their countries but are unknown here.  I intend to make our state a new Mecca for musical performers.  This, will of course entertain us, but it will put a spotlight on Alaska’s musical talent.  I speak with authority on this issue and I declare to you that nowhere else have I seen such an assembly of talented musicians and singers as we have here.  You will see this highlighted to the world in the two day music-fest that follows our inauguration.