Sarah Palin on Jobs

Republican Governor (AK); ; nominee for Vice President

Closed last factory in Wasilla in 2007

Palin’s nostalgia for small farms & factories can’t be tied to Wasilla. Until recently, the only thing that resembled a factory in the area was a cooperative called Mat-Maid dairy. After 40 years of churning milk, cream and yogurt, the place was shuttere in 2007-by Governor Palin’s handpicked board in charge of running the dairy. It’s now a self-storage unit. There’s still a little vegetable and hay farming done in Wasilla, but much of the agricultural land has given way to strip malls & subdivisions.
Source: Amanda Coyne in Newsweek Sep 22, 2008

Alaska Construction Academy: 2,520 students learn skills

We have some great news to share about a successful partnership involving the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This venture produced the Alaska Construction Academy, and now, more than 2,300 middle and high school students and 320 adults are learning new skills--such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding and drywall finishing. The academy started as a pilot program in Anchorage to attract and train young people and adults to first jobs in the Alaska construction industry

This program has been so successful, more will follow elsewhere statewide. Graduates will help fill the 1,000 construction jobs that are needed annually.

Out of the first group of 113 Anchorage adult graduates, 77% were hired and increased their earnings 40% in the two quarters following their training. Adult classes are offered at various times, based on community employer needs, and will be expanded to include weatherization programs.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: August 2008 Newsletter Aug 20, 2008

Leverage job-training dollars thru voc-tech curriculum

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT - I will leverage job-training dollars through efficiencies in government, private sector partnerships, and responsible investments in job training opportunities that result in good jobs for Alaskans. I look forward to working with a cross section of citizen advisors who represent private sector employers’ educational institutions, union and non-union training programs and other workforce development professionals on the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. With their advice, we can meet the rapidly growing need for trained workers. I am a strong proponent of vocational and technical curriculum in our schools and will focus on this area to get our workforce ready for the future. I don’t want to see an importation of Alaska’s workforce when we have untapped talent here in the state, anxious for training and anxious for the opportunity to work.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

Focus Workforce Investment Board on vocational careers

Workforce Readiness for Students: Alaska’s youth have tremendous career opportunities in the skilled trades if they have adequate training. I will charge the Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) with drawing upon its considerable expertise to develop a pilot program aimed at increasing awareness of vocational career opportunities for our younger students through a partnership with industries facing worker shortages. The pilot will be industry-focused and include a streamlined and efficient administrative process to encourage industry participation. It will consider children’s safety first and be designed with exciting field trips and industry-based learning activities.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

Praised the Red Dog zinc mine for bringing rural jobs

The major candidates for governor can’t go anywhere in Alaska without discussing Pebble, the gigantic mineral, copper and gold deposit north of Iliamna. Following are the candidates’ positions.

Knowles claims strong opposition. At a resource industry forum in Anchorage, Knowles said he finds the Pebble project “terrifying.” Knowles said recently, “The scale of it is so enormous. On its merits, (Pebble) is an unacceptable risk.”

Palin is reserving judgment on Pebble, for now. On the Pebble project, Palin says she would not put one resource, such as the Bristol Bay salmon fishery, at risk “for another resource.”

In recent debates, Palin has rarely commented on individual mines, though she praised the Red Dog zinc mine near Kotzebue for bringing jobs to rural Alaska.

SUMMARY: TONY KNOWLES: Thinks the Pebble mine prospect is “terrifying.”

SARAH PALIN: Withholding judgment until she sees Pebble permit applications, but unwilling to risk the region’s fisheries.

Source: Anchorage Daily News: 2006 gubernatorial candidate profile Oct 31, 2006

Department of Fish and Game is under-funded

Knowles & Palin, courting the fish crowd is de rigueur. More than 20,000 commercial fishermen chase fish. More than 200,000 residents hold sportfishing licenses. And 83% of rural households have subsistence fishing permits.

All the candidates say the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is underfunded, lacking enough people and tools to study and protect the fish and their habitat.

All also promise to appoint people to the state Board of Fisheries and the North Pacific Council who will put the health of fish stocks first and won’t let politics interfere.

Knowles vows he won’t appoint “lightning rods,” but his commercial critics argue he did as governor, naming people with sportfishing or environmental bents such as Kenai River sportfishing kingpin Bob Penney.

“What I was trying to do was bring a real balance,” Knowles said. Indeed, the makeup of the board and council have at times tilted heavily toward commercial fishing interests.

Source: Anchorage Daily News: 2006 gubernatorial candidate profile Oct 29, 2006

Unions should get member permission for political donations

Q: Do you support legislation requiring labor unions to obtain permission from their members before using dues for political purposes?

A: Yes, unions represent their workers and as such, should be accountable to them

Source: Eagle Forum 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire Jul 31, 2006

Other candidates on Jobs: Sarah Palin on other issues:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

Third Parties:
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader
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