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No Politics as usual. Ben represents a change to the status quo.
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Ben Carpenter is running to protect your conservative values, but he can’t do it alone.

★★ABOUT BEN★★

Ben Carpenter is running to represent the 29th District in the Alaska State House of Representatives.

Ben has called Alaska home for over 30 years and isn’t a career politician. He is a husband, father, and business owner – and fed up with the poor leadership coming out of Juneau. Ben has proudly spent the past 20 years serving the people of our country and state as a member of the Department of Defense and is motivated to continue serving as a problem solver in Juneau. Ben and his beautiful bride Ameye have celebrated 22 years of wedded bliss and have two grown children and two still at home. The family resides on a peony farm in Nikiski along with a menagerie of farm animals.

Real Experience and Leadership

Although his name may not sound familiar to you yet, Ben looks forward to continuing his career of service, now to protect and fight for what is best for the people of the Northern Kenai Peninsula and the State of Alaska.

His training ground was not in local politics and he is not encumbered by conventional thinking. Instead his leadership experience has been honed through service in both the U.S. Air Force and U. S. Army, where he led soldiers in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan, advised foreign military and US General Officers on policy and organizational improvement matters, and refined a vision to see the possible. He understands the nature of bureaucracy and is committed to reducing it, wherever possible. Retiring from the AKARNG this year, he currently leads local business owners, farmers, and volunteers in the development and marketing of Alaska cut-flower peonies. Ben also serves on the Board of Directors for The Compass, a youth outreach 501.c.3 organization based in Nikiski, whose mission is to invest in the next generation.

Based on the current results coming out of Juneau, it’s easy to see that career politicians who rise through the ranks of local politics to State offices are not giving us the results we want for Alaska. Our legislature is full of good, well-intentioned people who have made some very bad policy decisions. It’s time for a change in thinking.

If you want more of the same, then look for the experienced politician who is promoted by the establishment. This is the comfortable choice, and the wrong candidate to challenge the status quo. Ben Carpenter brings a much-needed change of thinking, strong conservative values and proven, principled leadership that is desperately needed in our State government.

★★BEN’S PRIORITIES★★

Let’s Do What Is Best For Alaska

Listening to my neighbors, we all hope for the same thing: good jobs and low taxes, a safe place to raise our families, and the ability to enjoy all our great State has to offer. Right now, that hope is diminished because of an inter-related set of problems: a downturn in our economy, unsustainable government spending, and criminal administration policies that neither protect the people nor deter crime.

We need to grow our economy, reduce the burden of government on the private sector, and secure our communities.

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Obscene amounts of federal dollars flow into our State but healthy economic growth will never come from the government sector. I will fight to reduce the government burden on the private sector economy and where appropriate, use government influence to promote private sector growth. The less we have to rely on the federal dollar, the healthier our State will be.

A sure way to stimulate our economy is to develop our natural resources, responsibly. Anyone who has been to the North Slope knows that resources can be developed with minimal impact to the environment. We are a resource rich State and should use those resources to our advantage.

We need to promote our entrepreneurs and their ideas. Look to your neighbors who own businesses to grow our economy. We need to diversify, innovate, and keep wealth flowing into our communities, not out of them.

One-way government can stimulate growth is to provide incentives for private investment that generates wealth which remains in our communities. Oil tax credits stimulated resource development. Proven to work in the oil industry, we need to apply the concept to other areas of the private sector… and the people’s government must live up to its end of the bargain.

We need to promote agricultural self-sufficiency. A purchase of food from a national supermarket sends money out of our communities. Money spent on local food ends up with local farmers and businesses and remains in the community. More agricultural transactions occurring within our communities fuel job creation and more income for local businesses.

A vibrant and growing economy is the best antidote to crime, drug use, and budget deficits.

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Return 100% of the PFD to the people. We need to rethink the way our government does business, not just cut budgets or look for easy revenue.

Raiding the permanent fund to increase State spending is a symptom of the cancer that persists in the thinking of our elected representatives. The permanent fund is an inappropriate source of revenue for our unsustainable State government. Alaskans are not allowed to own mineral rights like other states’ citizens are. The PFD is the way we get to exercise our rights to our land. Local communities benefit far more from the PFD when locals spend it than when Juneau spends it.

Innovation is the key to meaningful reductions in spending and lasting financial improvement. Innovation is very unlikely to come from the public sector without intense scrutiny and determination. This election is about putting the right people in place to force innovation. A conservative governor and real conservatives in the legislature are required for success. The season is ripe for change.

We need to tackle education and health and social services. These bureaucratic organizations are the elephants in the room that must be dealt with if we are to improve our long-term financial health. Our fine public-school teachers can figure out how best to educate our youth without burdensome government bureaucracy. How do I know this? Because it is being done every day in the private sector.  It is the antiquated public-school system, not the teachers, that needs to innovate.

Government bureaucracy is expensive, self-protective and hasn’t been reduced to sustainable levels. Only when it has been reduced in scope should we talk about additional revenue. Even the most efficient State government requires funding to operate. We need to improve our long-term revenue stability through diversification – reducing our reliance on oil and gas tax revenue – and a reduction of the tax burden on the drivers of economic growth. Reduce the small and medium sized business tax responsibility and leverage our seasonal population fluctuation with a modest partial year sales tax. Most tourists are already accustomed to paying a sales tax in their home state, therefore a modest sales tax is unlikely to dissuade future tourism.

If necessary, we should institute a modest personal flat tax. The burden of funding our State government should be shared by all equally and a flat tax is the least costly option for the State government to maintain. Of course, a flat tax should be unnecessary with a growing economy and a more efficient State government.

No progressive income tax. Ever. It is a productivity killer and a factor that helps perpetuate big government growth.

If we don’t change the way our government operates, we will continue to get the same results.

When people spend their PFD, businesses win. When government spends people’s PFD, government wins.

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The people overwhelmingly demand the repeal of SB91. Any legislative fix that doesn’t include this action is arrogance at its worst.

The thinking that gave us SB91 is related to the principle of reformation enshrined in our State Constitution. The progressive ideal that all criminals can be reformed is a fallacy. Only those individuals who choose to can be reformed. Our high recidivism rates indicate there are criminals not taking reformation seriously. We need to amend Article I, Section 12 of the State Constitution to prevent criminals from using the principle of reformation as a means to continue their lawless ways. The people’s patience and good will has limits. If repeat offenders are unwilling to reform themselves, they should not be allowed to continue their lawless ways. “Thou shalt not steal other people’s property” needs to be the law of the land again, and it needs to be respected.

The cost of incarceration must be reduced. Our State Criminal Administration policies are constitutionally required to protect the public. Incarceration is supposed to protect the public by removing the threat and by serving as a deterrent for potential criminals. Our high recidivism rates indicate that our incarceration policies are not effectively protecting the public nor deterring crime. Prisons are not country clubs and should not have revolving doors. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. We must reduce the cost of keeping criminals in prison. We must have incarceration policies that deter crime.

Government can force incarceration but it can’t force reformation.

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★★VOLUNTEER★★

Ben Carpenter is running to serve District 29 and to bring your values to the Alaska House of Representatives, but he can’t do it without your help. Sign up here to join Ben in the fight for conservative values and representation. You can help collect signatures, make phone calls, and display yard signs.

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BECOME A

★★VOLUNTEER★★

Ben Carpenter is running to serve District 29 and to bring your values to the Alaska House of Representatives, but he can’t do it without your help. Sign up here to join Ben in the fight for conservative values and representation. You can help collect signatures, make phone calls, and display yard signs.

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