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23rd Alaska State Legislature
The 24th Alaska State Legislature
Alaska State Representative Mike Hawker District 32 - Anchorage

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716 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 620
Anchorage, AK 99603
Phone: (907) 269-0244
Fax: (907) 269-0248

Rep. Mike Hawker's District 32 Questionnaire
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    Survey Questions

  1. What do you want accomplished in the next legislative session?

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  2. Alternatives for marketing North Slope natural gas will be addressed this session. Should we ... (answer Yes or No)
    Yes

    Make decisions based solely on cash profit to the State
    1 - 12.50%

    Require that in-state needs be satisfied first
    4 - 50.00%

    Require an all-Alaska route regardless of limited west coast receiving facilities
    1 - 12.50%

    Require Canadian government assurance of non-interference before approving any route across Canada
    4 - 50.00%

    Guarantee future access to shippers who discover new gas reserves
    4 - 50.00%

    Require some form of State participation in any gas line built
    5 - 62.50%

    Provide project incentives
    4 - 50.00%

    Provide no project incentives
    1 - 12.50%

    No

    Make decisions based solely on cash profit to the State
    7 - 87.50%

    Require that in-state needs be satisfied first
    4 - 50.00%

    Require an all-Alaska route regardless of limited west coast receiving facilities
    7 - 87.50%

    Require Canadian government assurance of non-interference before approving any route across Canada
    4 - 50.00%

    Guarantee future access to shippers who discover new gas reserves
    4 - 50.00%

    Require some form of State participation in any gas line built
    3 - 37.50%

    Provide project incentives
    4 - 50.00%

    Provide no project incentives
    7 - 87.50%


    Total Votes: 8

  3. Assuming North Slope natural gas will be marketed, should we consider a constitutional amendment that requires all new gas revenue to be invested in a state endowment fund managed similarly to the Permanent Fund where only the fund's earnings are available to fund state services?
    Yes
    3 - 37.50%

    No
    3 - 37.50%

    Undecided
    2 - 25.00%

    Total Votes: 8
  4. In general, Alaska's spending on public services is:
    Too much
    1 - 12.50%

    About right
    4 - 50.00%

    Not enough
    3 - 37.50%

    Total Votes: 8
  5. Which specific State services should be increased or cut?

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  6. Alaska's immediate fiscal circumstances have changed greatly in the past two years with oil prices doubling to over $40 per barrel. This could result in a fiscal 2005 surplus of several hundred million dollars. Any surplus should be:
    Saved
    1 - 12.50%

    Spent on increased operating costs such as schools and public safety
    1 - 12.50%

    Spent on one-time capital maintenance and infrastructure projects
    0 - 0.00%

    Some mix of the above that will not require continued funding in the future
    6 - 75.00%

    Some mix of the above regardless of the need for sustained future funding
    0 - 0.00%

    Total Votes: 8
  7. Considering the possibility of a current surplus, how should the legislature approach longer range planning to maintain a balanced budget:
    Wait and see if oil prices stay high
    0 - 0.00%

    Keep talking, but don't do anything until we know what prices do
    1 - 12.50%

    Pass legislation now that will take effect only if prices decline
    3 - 37.50%

    Pass legislation now that anticipates lower future prices
    4 - 50.00%

    Total Votes: 8
  8. Which specific State services should be increased or cut?
    University facilities, including the UAA Combined Science Building
    3 - 37.50%

    New roads to underdeveloped areas of the State
    3 - 37.50%

    Improving existing roads
    4 - 50.00%

    Urban traffic congestion relief
    3 - 37.50%

    School construction
    4 - 50.00%

    Statewide school deferred maintenance
    5 - 62.50%

    Harbor improvements
    3 - 37.50%

    Other statewide public facility deferred maintenance
    2 - 25.00%

    Other Reponses (Recorded but not displayed)
    1 - 12.50%


    Total Votes: 8
  9. Should the state renew the local school debt reimbursement program
    Yes
    2 - 25.00%

    No
    2 - 25.00%

    Undecided
    4 - 50.00%


    Total Votes: 8
  10. Should the state re-establish some form of revenue sharing with municipalities
    No
    1 - 12.50%

    Yes, without restriction
    2 - 25.00%

    Yes, but require matching local revenue above a small base level of funding for each community
    1 - 12.50%

    Yes, but restrict use of these funds (such as to meeting unfunded state mandates or residential property tax relief) to prevent growth in local spending
    4 - 50.00%

    Total Votes: 8
  11. Earnings from the Permanent Fund are currently sufficient to both pay dividends and balance future state budgets at low estimates of oil prices. We currently spend approximately $600 million per year on dividends and reinvest all other earnings back into the fund. Should state fiscal planning include using some Permanent Fund earnings for public services sometime in the future?
    Yes
    3 - 37.50%

    No
    0 - 0.00%

    Yes, as long as a substantial (say, greater than $1,000) dividend continues to be paid
    5 - 62.50%

    Total Votes: 8
  12. Realistically, we need to plan how to make up a $600 million to $1 billion annual deficit depending upon future oil prices and production. If Permanent Fund earnings are ''taken off the table'' and used only for dividends, would you prefer:
    Drawing from the Constitutional Budget Reserve Fund until it is gone
    0 - 0.00%

    Cutting state costs to the level of funds available
    1 - 12.50%

    Instituting statewide taxes to sustain current state programs
    4 - 50.00%

    Find some solution including all the above
    3 - 37.50%

    Total Votes: 8
  13. Using Permanent Fund earnings only for dividends virtually guarantees the need to consider program cuts and new taxes. As part of eliminating a $600 million deficit, how much would you support raising from: (Cuts are addressed in questions 14 and 15)

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  14. When considering cutting state costs, how much would you support cutting from the budget of each department as part of eliminating a $600 million deficit? The number shown is the fiscal 2005 general fund budget in millions for the department:

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  15. After Permanent Fund Dividends and Education, the largest state expenditure is for Health and Social Services. How much would you support cutting from divisions within this department? The number shown is the Fiscal 2005 general fund budget in millions for that division.

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  16. Are there any departments or activities you believe should receive increased funding? I personally believe that accountable increases to Public Safety, Education, Natural Resources (Chugach Park management), road maintenance, urban traffic congestion relief, University capital construction, Senior and Disabilities Services and Juvenile Justice should be prioritized in our long-range fiscal planning.

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  17. Should there be a constitutional amendment limiting state spending growth by a factor of population increases and inflation?
    Yes
    4 - 50.00%

    No
    3 - 37.50%

    Undecided
    1 - 12.50%

    Total Votes: 8
  18. Should regions of the state that have the economic ability be required to form boroughs and contribute locally to the cost of schools and other public services they use?
    Yes
    6 - 75.00%

    No
    1 - 12.50%

    Undecided
    1 - 12.50%

    Total Votes: 8
  19. Should existing boroughs who choose not to provide their own public safety services be charged for the Trooper services provided by the State?
    Yes
    4 - 50.00%

    No
    3 - 37.50%

    Undecided
    1 - 12.50%

    Total Votes: 8
  20. Should the road between Eagle River and Girdwood be completed creating greater access to Chugach State Park and providing emergency routes to those communities?
    Yes
    3 - 37.50%

    No
    4 - 50.00%

    Undecided
    1 - 12.50%

    Total Votes: 8
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