This document is not authorized by Governor Palin or SarahPac. All of these accomplishments have been compiled from information found at the following sites:State of Alaska Archive:
Energy Independence, Development, and EnvironmentalStewardship
Governor Palin’s cornerstone accomplishment is
AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act). During thePalin administration, TransCanada and Exxonformed an alliance to build a natural gas pipelinefrom Alaska to the Lower 48. Under Governor
, the projectwas expanded and revised fromwhat previous governors hadproposed with an open policyprocess for the Alaskan people. More progress was made on thiseffort than in the previous 30years. This is the largest privatesector infrastructure project inNorth American history andhelps put us on the path toenergy independence.
Governor Palin’s administration
opened up drilling for oil andnatural gas at Pt. Thompson forthe first time in decades.
Governor Palin created the
Alaska’s Petroleum Integrity
Office to oversee all aspects of energy development and aClimate Change Subcabinet tocomprehensively and honestlyevaluate climate change.
Governor Palin reduced earmarkrequests for the state of Alaskaby 80% during heradministration, requesting onlyearmarks that would benefit thecountry as a whole.
Governor Palin reduced spending in her budgetfor Fiscal Year 2010 by more than
the previous governor’
s Fiscal Year2007 budget, a 9.5%
reduction in spending.Her FY2010 budget was $10.57 billion compared
to Governor Murkowski’s FY2007 budget of nearly
$11.7 billion. At the same time, she fulfilled hercampaign promise to forward fund education,allowing districts greater flexibility andpredictability in their planning.
She vetoed half a billion dollars in spending, thelargest veto in state history.
Governor Palin opposed
much of the “stimulus”,
wanting only to accept 55% of the moneyallocated to Alaska, specifically only dollarsdedicated to infrastructure
projects. Althoughthe Alaskan legislature ultimately overturned herveto, she stood firm on hercommitment to help Alaska tobecome more self-sufficient whilenot adding to the skyrocketingnational debt.
Governor Palin invested $5 billionin state savings.
Governor Palin reformed Alaska’s
public employee retirementsystem to make it solvent.
Walking the Walk on FiscalResponsibility
Governor Palin sold the private jetpurchased by the previousgovernor. She stated it was anunnecessary financial burden onthe state, and it was impracticaland unable to land on many of
the state’s landing strips
To cut costs that would beincurred by using a personaldriver, the governor drove herself from Wasilla to her office inAnchorage. She also dismissed
the governor’s personal chef
atthe Executive Mansion.
Governor Palin accepted less state per diem forherself and her family than her predecessors eventhough she had a larger family.
“Will we chart our
own course, or willWashington engineerit for us?