Republican Steve Thompson runs for reelection to District 2 of the Alaska State Legislature

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 4:06 PM AKDT
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Republican incumbent Steve Thompson is running for reelection to District 2 of the Alaska State Legislature.

He said he is running because he saw what’s going on with revenue and dropping oil prices and felt he couldn’t walk away from being a legislator. “Right now we need experienced people down there that have gone through and heard all of the different departments, know what’s going on with spending, how much shortfall we have with how many state troopers we’re short right now, different scenarios like that.”

Thompson mentioned state employees that have been laid off from the Department of Transportation and other departments.

“There’s a lot of departments that still need to [have] spending reduced, and I’ve been working on that for enough years that I know the ins and outs, where these departments have got some places where they can reduce, and reduce spending, and hopefully get us down to where we can cut spending down to where we are not going to be in a position where we can’t fund required things that the citizens need,” he said.

According to Thompson, he wants to reduce regulation. “Most of the regulations we have on businesses and small businesses have been put in by the departments, and not by the legislature,” he said, adding, “Overregulation is hurting a lot of businesses right now, so we need to go back and take a look at those regulations that are in place from the department instead of from us.”

He said a lot of those regulations can be gotten rid of.

Another issue Thompson mentioned was how the state was going to increase revenue. “I don’t like the thought of an income tax or a sales tax, a state sales tax.”

He went on to say, “We’ve had an income tax in the past, up until about 1980, and I don’t want to see us taxing people that are already having a struggle right now because of their finances, and then putting more burden on them with a state income tax or a sales tax.”

Thompson said he’s been in business for well over thirty years. “As a business man, I know how good times and bad times work, and how it affects your business. Back in the 80s, we had a big reduction in oil prices. We all had to tighten our belts, and we survived through that. We’re going to have to do the same thing with the state of Alaska more and more.”

Thompson is running against Dave Selle in the Republican Primary ballot on August 18th.

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