Name: Jim Crawford
District: Senate District I
Party Affiliation: Republican
Where were you born? Anchorage
If you weren't born in Alaska, when did you come here?
Age on election day: 70
If you've attended college, which schools did you attend? What's your highest degree achieved?
University of Alaska, Business Admin, Mortgage Bankers Association of America, 3 year master level graduate from the School of Mortgage Banking, National Campaign College, Republican Congressional Campaign Committee,
What is or was your main career?
Banking, mortgage banking and real estate
If you've held or run for public office before, which one(s)?
State House, Municipal Assembly
If you have a spouse or significant other whom you live with, what is their name?
If you have children, what are their first names and ages?
Heather, adult, Meagan adult and Jimmy adult
Why are you running for office?
To stop the big lie: saying we have a budget deficit when we don't. We have a great fiscal plan in AS 43, 50% for dividends, 50% subject to appropriation. Our financial statements say we have a budget surplus with all funds counted. We don't need a personal income tax or a raise in oil taxes when we follow Governor Hammond plan that I helped write.
What are the most important issues facing Alaska?
Crime and Permanent Fund. Crime: repeal SB 91 to stop catch and release criminals. Then adopt a new system of electing sheriffs in local jurisdictions like we had in the pre-statehood days. The government closest to the people is best. Permanent Fund: provide Constitutional protection for the dividend, reinstate the shorted dividends and pay full dividends to the owners of the Fund, the people of Alaska.
What would you do to reduce crime in Alaska?
Enforce local accountability for crime. The worst answer is to increase state control. I'm looking at an election system such as Arizona which provides accountability for local crime through electing sheriffs. Stiff penalties work for criminals.
Should dividends be paid under the original dividend formula?
AS 43 provides for for 50% of a five year average of earnings for dividends and 50% subject to appropriation. Lock it in by Constitutional amendment. The Governor and Legislature have cut the dividend three years in a row. In baseball, that's three strikes and you are out. Apply that standard to incumbents who limited or cut your dividend.
Should Permanent Fund earnings be used to pay for state government? How much?
The plan we created in the 70's was to provide additional earnings to the state to pay for necessary services after paying the people's dividend. That plan worked for 35 years until Governor Walker and the Legislature cut the last three dividends by half then just held on to the money. 50/50 was the deal and we need to get back to that. I'm your Permanent Fund Defender.
What, if anything would you cut from the budget?
One approach is to consolidate Alaska Housing Finance with Alaska Industrial Development Authority saving $2 million per year in adminIstration and transferring their unused capital to the budget reserve of over $2 BILLION. Governor Walker spent $800,000 on a contract to Boston Consulting to study the merger then buried it.
Should Alaska have new or increased taxes? What would you suggest?
I will support new statewide taxes only when the people have been allowed to vote for them and do so. I do not support any increase in taxes that further burdens the private sector. Our focus should be on building the private sector, ending the recession and limiting increased government.
Have humans contributed to climate change, and if so, does the state bear any responsibility to undo some of the effects?
It is possible that there is a minimal contribution for climate change from human activity.
Do you agree or disagree with Gov. Walker's decision to expand Medicaid in 2014? How much do you believe that decision cost the state treasury?
The expansion of Medicaid in every category was a costly error. Work requirements should be expanded to assure that Medicaid is a temporary fix not a permanent subsidy of otherwise healthy individuals.