Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Got churches to provide private aid for starving people
In Feb. 2009, Sarah announced that she intended to do something to help Native Americans in the Lower Yukon region of western Alaska, many of whom--hit by high prices, a poor fish harvest, and an extended spell of subzero temperatures--
were finding it impossible to feed their families.
The villager's plight had come to statewide attention in January through a letter by Nick Tucker of Emmonak to various Alaskan media sites. For a month, Sarah tried to ignore the emergency.
Her small government vision apparently did not allow for state aid to people who were on the verge of freezing or starving to death. Only when she arranged for help from a private source--in this case,
Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical Christian organization directed by Reverend Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham--did she involve herself.
EITC moves thousands of welfare recipients into workforce
WHEREAS, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable federal income tax credit for people who work but earn low wages. It is a work-support program, designed to encourage work by providing a financial incentive to work and by allowing
low-income workers to keep more of the money they earn.
WHEREAS, the EITC has encouraged hundreds of thousands of welfare recipients to enter the workforce; it continues to lift more families out of poverty than any other federal program;
WHEREAS, the EITC put roughly $60 million into the pockets of Alaska’s low-income working families and individuals last year.
WHEREAS, unfortunately, each year many qualified people fail to apply for the EITC because they do not know about it, do
not know they are eligible, or do not know how to apply.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gov. Sarah Palin, do hereby proclaim Feb. 1, 2008, as Alaska Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, and urge Alaskans who are eligible to apply for the EITC.
Recognize Salvation Army and encourage charity to them
WHEREAS, the Salvation Army, or East London Christian Mission as it was first known, was founded in 1865.
WHEREAS, The Salvation Army started its work in Alaska in 1898 and today serves people in 15 communities across our state, as well as
serving people around the globe in more than 110 countries and on all continents.
WHEREAS, The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in
His name without discrimination.
WHEREAS, The Salvation Army today assists more than 42 million people throughout the US.
WHEREAS, the State of Alaska recognizes the important charitable work of The Salvation Army and encourages
Alaskans to support the kickoff of the Red Kettle campaign on Thursday, November 15, 2007.
Funding for faith-based initiatives is adequate today
Q: Do you support an increase in state-funded, faith-based initiatives?
A: We see an adequate level of funding for faith-based initiatives today.
Q: What, specifically, would you do to help make rural Alaska sustain itself economically?
A: I support a municipal revenue sharing so local areas can prioritize their own needs. The state needs to establish a rural energy plan. Commercial fishing is a mainstay for many villages, and I oppose actions that cut off Alaskans from our fisheries.