Governor Sarah Palin’s Accomplishments

Energy Independence, Development, and Environmental Stewardship  Governor Palin’s cornerstone accomplishment is AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act). During the Palin administration, TransCanada and Exxon formed an alliance to build a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48. Under Governor Palin’s governance, the project was expanded and revised from what previous governors had proposed with an open policy process for the Alaskan people. More progress was made on this effort than in the previous 30 years. This is the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history and helps put us on the path to energy independence. Governor Palin’s administration opened up drilling for oil and natural gas at Pt. Thompson for the first time in decades. Governor Palin created the Alaska’s Petroleum Integrity Office to oversee all aspects of energy development and a Climate Change Subcabinet to comprehensively and honestly evaluate climate change.  

to Governor Murkowski’s FY2007 budget of nearly $11.7 billion. At the same time, she fulfilled her campaign promise to forward fund education, allowing districts greater flexibility and predictability in their planning. She vetoed half a billion dollars in spending, the largest veto in state history. Governor Palin opposed much of the “stimulus”, wanting only to accept 55% of the money allocated to Alaska, specifically only dollars dedicated to infrastructure [projects. Although the Alaskan legislature ultimately overturned her veto, she stood firm on her commitment to help Alaska to become more self-sufficient while not adding to the skyrocketing national debt.   Governor Palin invested $5 billion in state savings. Governor Palin reformed Alaska’s public employee retirement system to make it solvent.

Fiscal Conservatism  Governor Palin reduced earmark requests for the state of Alaska by 80% during her administration, requesting only earmarks that would benefit the country as a whole. 

“Will we chart our own course, or will Washington engineer it for us? –Governor Palin

Walking the Walk on Fiscal Responsibility  Governor Palin sold the private jet purchased by the previous governor. She stated it was an unnecessary financial burden on the state, and it was impractical and unable to land on many of the state’s landing strips.  To cut costs that would be incurred by using a personal driver, the governor drove herself from Wasilla to her office in Anchorage. She also dismissed the governor’s personal chef at the Executive Mansion.

Governor Palin reduced spending in her budget for Fiscal Year 2010 by more than one billion dollars from the previous governor’s Fiscal Year 2007 budget, a 9.5% real reduction in spending. Her FY2010 budget was $10.57 billion compared

Governor Palin accepted less state per diem for herself and her family than her predecessors even though she had a larger family.

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: http://wayback.archive-it.org/1200/20090726150429/http:/gov.state.ak.us/archive.php, Conservatives4Palin: www.conservatives4palin.com, US4palin: www.us4palin.com.

10th Amendment Advocacy/Promotion of State Constitution  Showing that she is a strong supporter of the 10th amendment, Governor Palin advocated for the sovereignty of the state of Alaska.  Governor Palin’s administration sued the federal government for placing the polar bear on the endangered species list, as this restriction affected energy development which would increase energy costs. A Constitutionalist, Governor Palin signed Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) bill into law. The Alaska constitution states that the Alaskan people own the oil and other resources. This law ensures that the “owners”, the people of Alaska, receive a clear and equitable share of oil profits. This bill also made Alaska a welcoming place for oil companies to develop.

Health Care  Governor Palin introduced health care transparency legislation which aimed at putting information in the hands of consumers about cost and quality of health care as a means of making health care consumer driven and accessible. Sanctity and Dignity of All Life  Governor Palin strongly supported both parental consent and parental notification legislation.   Governor Palin increased educational funding for children with special needs. Governor Palin implemented the Senior Benefits Program to support low income seniors.

Positions Held while Governor  Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.  Vice Chair of the National Governors Association Natural Resource Committee.

National Defense/Veterans  Governor Palin supported ground-based missile defense at Ft Greely and other Alaskan Bases to protect the nation from enemy attacks. She criticized the Obama administration for cuts that they made to this national defense system.  Governor Palin, with Senators Murkowski and Begich, fought for retirement benefits from the federal government that were due to the Alaska Territorial Guard members who fought during World War II. These benefits were eventually rewarded to these veterans by the federal government. Governor Palin visited Alaskan soldiers in Kosovo and Kuwait.

The role of government is not to perfect us but protect us—to protect our inalienable rights. –Governor Palin, Going Rogue

Transparency/Anti-Corruption  Governor Palin signed bipartisan ethics reform legislation into law that helped to hold both the legislative and executive branches accountable.  Governor Palin put the state checkbook online, allowing all constituents to see how state money was being spent.

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: http://wayback.archive-it.org/1200/20090726150429/http:/gov.state.ak.us/archive.php, Conservatives4Palin: www.conservatives4palin.com, US4palin: www.us4palin.com.