As we in the Legislature begin the second half of the 22nd legislative session, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best in 2002.
Safety and security is first and foremost as we move into this session. People all over America are concerned about what is next, how to prepare for employment, the future, and how to plan for it, and afford it.
Education surely is our first priority as the children and young and other adults alike in the education system will be operating the country and caring for us as we grow older and move into our silver years. Surely health care and its availability and affordability must be a high priority as we all at one point or another in our lives will be in need.
With all of that being said, I personally believe and I truly hope the voters of District 8 who elected me in 2001 believe that a financial plan for Alaska is first and foremost because that is what makes the items I first mentioned possible. We need a vision for this state to have goals and expectations in order to have this state grow and prosper. We need to use wisely our resource wealth that we have in the bank as well as in the ground, the water and our people and those who come to our great state.
The time is past and the time is now to have responsible government and take the opportunity to create a financial plan that creates efficiencies, consolidation, privatize if cost effective, and have the finest services the state can deliver. Government should be responsive to the people, work closely and effectively with the executive branch, and the legislative branch to deliver efficient, cost effective and affordable services within an established financial plan.
I am hopeful that is the legacy of the 22nd Legislature.
In addition to the above-mentioned concerns, we have other issues to deal with, such as, subsistence, and the entire gamut of the fishing industry, tourism concerns, corrections, and the full range of our natural rsource industry to mention the most critical.
I would like to take a moment to introduce my dedicated and professional staff; Chief of Staff is Helen Donahue from Kenai, Michael (Huck) Huckabay, from Soldotna, is my finance assistant and Amy Soitz is the receptionist and scheduler. Amy is from Ridgeway. Justin Carro is a university intern from Ketchikan and doing some of everything in the office. Krys Williams (Kasilof) worked during the interim in my office. I cannot speak highly enough of all of these fine folks who worked tirelessly for you and work to make me look good.
I would hope you would contact my office with any of your concerns or if there are issues you wish to discuss -- (800) 463-2693.
Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, is a first-term legislator.
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