News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Kelly
For Immediate Release: December 13, 2016
Guiding Principles of Incoming Senate President Pete Kelly
As your incoming senate president, I'm asked often what our majority caucus priorities will be in these challenging times. Our Senate Majority will get together and define those priorities as a team in the next few weeks, incorporating the viewpoints of 15 senators from all regions, walks of life, and political persuasions.
While we work on those priorities, I wanted to share my guiding principles, which I know many of my senate colleagues share.
- Government should be limited and people should be free. This naturally sets up tension between the freedom of the individual and the role of government. When the two conflict, we should default to the freedom of people whenever possible.
- Public employment and private employment are both extremely important. However, private employment is the higher priority.
- Government does not produce wealth; that is the role of the private sector. Therefore, efforts to address the fiscal crisis in Alaska should be directed, as much as possible, to those areas of government that enhance and facilitate the private economy.
- Those areas of government that are hardwired to grow automatically, must be put in check. Wherever possible, we must restructure government funding so that it remains accountable to Alaskans. Therefore, no government function or agency will be immune from budgetary scrutiny.
- While Alaska justly requires its fair share of our oil and gas wealth, the goal of any changes to our oil and gas tax system needs to be more production.