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Sarah Palin’s Impressive List of Accomplishments as Governor of Alaska

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 1, 2012

Thrusting back against the left’s continuing efforts to cast Governor Palin as unprepared to be a Vice Presidential candidate, Stacy Drake and Whitney Pitcher have compiled an impressive list of  Governor Palin’s accomplishments while Governor of Alaska.  Here are some excerpts from their article.   “Governor Sarah Palin’s Executive Accomplishments”  is also available for download  or printing at the link they provide at the bottom of their article.

Awhile back, Whitney Pitcher and I put together a list of Governor Palin’s executive accomplishments. That list later became an article featured on Breitbart’s Big Government, as an answer to those who proclaim that Governor Palin was somehow “unqualified” to be on the 2008 Republican ticket. Using facts and historical record, Whitney and I compiled a list that proves every single-one of these people wrong. Keep in mind, most of the people making this assertion (including former McCain staff members), voted for a junior senator from Illinois (with a less than stellar record) in that election.

I wanted to make this information available in list form, as a resource for our readers to help educate America about the good work that Governor Palin has done throughout her career. This information also confirms that Governor Palin was more than qualified to serve as this nation’s Vice President.

Governor Sarah Palin’s Executive Accomplishments

Executive Authority and Success

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  • Historically High Approval Ratings
  •  Palin had a 89% and 93% approval rating in May 2007:

“Gov. Sarah Palin, a Republican, has earned 89% and 93% approval ratings in two recent polls. She has won nearly universal support because of her strong stand for honest government in the face of a corruption probe into other members of her party. Her support of a proposed natural gas pipeline to the continental USA has helped, too. “Her strength is her independence,” says Alaska pollster David Dittman of Dittman Research in Anchorage. “She distanced herself from the old boy Republican regime and has been completely non-partisan.” Alaska Democratic Party Chairman Jake Westbrook credits Palin with working across party lines on issues where there is agreement.”

“The triumph came in Alaska where Sarah Palin, a politician of eye-popping integrity, was elected governor. She is now the most popular governor in America, with an approval rating in the 90s, and probably the most popular public official in any state.” – Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard 07/16/07

  • Governor Palin’s approval rating average from the time of her inauguration until John McCain selected her to serve as the vice presidential candidate in 2008, was 77.38%

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Budgeting and Spending

  • Cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5%.
  • Reduced federal earmark requests by more than 80%

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  • Invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program to provide support for low-income older Alaskans.
  • Stopped the “Bridge to Nowhere” and wanted to redirect the federal funds to Minnesota after the bridge collapse in 2007.

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  • Rejected much of President Obama’s “stimulus money” in 2009.

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  • Proposed a $2.6 billion investment in the Education Fund to help fund public education for the future.
  • Used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in 2007:

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  • 2007 vetoes included projects such as berry economic development, the AT&T Sports Center, a Salmon Study, a tennis court at the Lions Club, batting cages, gun club facility improvements, motocross course construction, a virus free seed potato project, and numerous other items placed in the budget that were not the State of Alaska’s responsibility.
  • In 2008, Governor Palin vetoed more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending:

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Fiscal Management

  • Reformed the state’s pension program  by ensuring a successful transition from a defined benefits to a defined contributions system and addressing the $8 billion unfunded liability in Alaska state’s retirements, making it more solvent and leading to a decrease of 34.6% in state liabilities during her tenure.
  • Left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as Governor:

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“Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t ask for a pay raise and won’t accept one during her current term.”

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Energy

  • ACES: In 2007, Governor Palin signed ACES—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share—a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner.Constituents had opportunity to read a draft of the bill 17 days before legislators discussed it. ACES replaced the corruption tainted oil tax plan of the previous administration which was passed in secret and ultimately lead to the indictment of several Alaskan state officials and oil company personnel. ACES provided oil companies with incentives to develop. The progressivity of the tax meant producers were protected when oil prices were low while the interest of the resource owners—the people of Alaska— were appropriately protected as well.

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  • AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act) — After many decades of unsuccessful attempts to bring a gas pipeline project into existence, Governor Palin and her team introduced to Alaskans the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. AGIA passed the Legislature by a vote of 57-1 in May 2007. The framework for America’s largest private sector infrastructure project—a natural gas pipeline—was signed into law by Governor Palin on June 6, 2007. In August 2008, the Alaska Legislature authorized the Palin Administration to award the AGIA license to TransCanada Alaska. In June 2009, Exxon Mobil signed an agreement with TransCanada to partner on the project.

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    • AGIA establishes mutual commitments and responsibilities between the State of Alaska and the AGIA licensee, specifically, commitments to include regular expansions of the pipeline, local hire, instate delivery service at reasonable costs and a firm timeline for development. In exchange for meeting the state’s requirements, the successful AGIA project applicant is entitled to certain inducements that will facilitate project development, notably, up to “$500 million in matching funds, which will help reduce the financial risks that such a huge project faces in its early stages.”
  • Pt. Thomson: Under Governor Palin’s leadership, drilling Commenced at Pt. Thomson after Exxon Mobil had sat on their leases for more than 25 years The Point Thomson field contains one of the largestuntapped and proven reserves of oil and gas on the continent.

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  • Took on “Big Oil”: Governor Palin stood up for her constituents when dealing with the powerful oil companies:

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  • Served on national energy committees: Governor Palin served as Vice Chair of the National Governors Association and as the Natural Resource Committee and Chairman of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission.
  • Chair, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, 2003-200

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Jobs and Business Growth

  • Jobs:
  • Business growth and opportunity:
    • Governor Palin cut business license fees in half, during her tenure.
    • Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax friendly state to the 3rd most business tax friendly state during her tenure.
    • She signed legislation allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as out-of-state businesses, within Alaska.
    • The number of oil companies doing business in Alaska doubled following the passage of ACES.
    • Alaska’s exports grew to a record-high $4 billion in 2006, a 12.6 percent increase.
    • Alaska’s exports for 2007 reached $3.9 billion, the second best year for exports.

Ethics Reform and Transparency

  • Governor Palin fought for and signed sweeping bipartisan ethics legislation which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws.
  • In the face of corruption, she took on her own party when it was necessary:

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  • She released her ACES—oil tax bill—to her constituents 17 days prior to the special legislative session where it was to be discussed.
  • She opened up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties.
  • She state checkbook online.

Education

  • Forward funded education to allow districts greater flexibility. She stated in an email to her staff at the time:

“My goal is to get more money into the classroom; the teaching profession will be honored and teacher profiles elevated on my watch; educ is priority; nothing’s more impt than our kids; I want Ak to feel the same vigor for educ as we have for the gasline; we’ll succeed in forward funding ( eventually ); on our watch our students will have opportunity to be successful via our innovative educ reforms.”

    • Increased funding for the Alaska Youth Challenge Academy 18.8% in her first year in office (FY2008) compared to her predecessor’s final year (FY2007).
    • Governor Palin’s FY2008 capital budget included $2.5 million for special needs housing (a 42% increase in capital funding over her predecessor) and $250,000 for Special Olympics facility upgrades.

Health Care

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Support for Constitutional Rights

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Military

  • Governor Palin shared strategic command over the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard:

Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism.

She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country’s defense. Given Alaska’s proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don’t even know about.

  • She made official visits troops in KuwaitGermany and Kosovo.
  • Military personnel stationed in Alaska and serving in any National Guard or Reserve unit received free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.

Sanctity of Life

Civil and Safety Issues

Organizations

  • Former Member, Alaska Municipal League Board
  • Member, Alaska Miners Association
  • Member, Alaska Outdoor Council
  • Member, Alaska Resource Development Council
  • Member, Chambers of Commerce (Various)
  • Member, Iditarod Parent-Teacher Association
  • Life Member, National Rifle Association
  • Founder, SarahPAC (Political Action Committee)
  • Member, Valley Hospital Association Board
  • Coach/Hockey Team Manager, Valley Youth Sports
  • Member, Youth Court Steering Committee
  • Former Member, American Management Association
  • Former Member, Salvation Army Board
  • Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society at Alaska Pacific University

Read much more here.

2 Responses to “Sarah Palin’s Impressive List of Accomplishments as Governor of Alaska”

  1. It is now 2014 and this nation needs a SARAH PALIN to be a candidate for President in 2016. The time is right, the woman is right, and now it is the right time when America needs her most. Palin is needed to repair the damage that the stupid Obama Has done in tearing this country apart. She is needed to mend fences with our allies, to rebuild our Military, first by reinstating the fired Combat ready officers throughout the military that dumbobama fired. Maintain our used up equipment by replacing and building more modern equipment. Increase the manpower in ranks throughout the Military. Do away with OBAMACARE. Ask for the Statue of Winston Churchill back. Secure the Borders by permanent Military Guard where needed. Reinstate the NASA space program. Put God back into America’s daily activities and tell all who may be offended to seek residence elsewhere. If anyone can fix Obama stupid it is her. We need her to repair the economy. I am writing this request for many out here in the nation who feel the same way I do. NO MORE CLINTONS. No more Liberals and enforce the media to report on the correct news not the usual lies they are so quick to use to defend the Liberals. No more handouts to the good old boys who contribute to a candidate’s campaign. No more aide to countries of the middle East, Russia and others that we can not trust or aford to give anymore. Drug testing for all who request Human Resource’s free stuff. We need a Palin who we know is honest and as Patriot American through and through. WE NEED YOU SARAH; PRESIDENT 2016.

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