State of Alaska Archives: on Social Security

Al Gross: Strengthen security of pension plans

Gross announced his plan that would strengthen the security of pension plans and secure them into the future. "The plan starts with the Butch Louis plan, offering low interest government loans. It expands the authority to PBGC. It stress tests the existing plans, and it charges higher rates on plans that have riskier investments," said Gross. The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 1959 endorsed Gross because he is making pension reform a main platform of his campaign.
Source: KTVF Fairbanks Webcenter-11 on 2020 Alaska Senate race Jun 2, 2020

Dan Sullivan: Against privatization, explore raising age or means testing

Social Security has surfaced as an issue on the Alaska campaign trail since mid-August, when Sullivan addressed reform at a pre-primary debate, saying, "I do think we need to look at raising the age. I do think we also need to look at means testing." A spokesman for Sullivan, Mike Anderson, said in an email that Sullivan "does not support privatization of Social Security."
Source: Anchorage Daily News on 2020 Alaska Senate race Sep 28, 2014

Dan Sullivan: Young people can accept change; don't expect to get benefits

Dan Sullivan has said that he would raise the age of eligibility for future Social Security beneficiaries (maintaining benefits for retirees and those close to retirement age) and "look at means testing" for higher-income Americans. "A younger generation of Alaskans or Americans can accept" such change, he said at a GOP debate in Alaska last month, "because right now they don't even think they are going to get it."
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016-2020 Alaska Senate race Sep 24, 2014

Sean Randall Parnell: Make Retirement Trust Fund sustainable by adding $3B

Washington has not made Social Security sustainable, but in Alaska we can reform our pension system so it is fully funded. Fellow Alaskans, the time is now to tackle our $12 billion pension deficit. Alaska's escalating annual pension payments squeeze dollars from every other program and State service--education, public safety, natural resources--and that vise will soon tighten. Without action, our $630 million annual payment will balloon to more than $1 billion.

To keep Alaska strong, I propose we transfer $3 billion of our $16 billion in budget reserves into the Retirement Trust Fund. Next year, this shift will allow us to reduce our annual payment to $500 million, instead of more than $750 million--that's a savings of more than 50% in the first year. Our plan will dramatically drop future operating budgets and put us on a more sustainable financial path.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Alaska legislature Jan 22, 2014

Ray Metcalfe: Eliminate the cap to pay for expanding program

Q: The Social Security trust fund will be insolvent by 2034. What is your solution?

A: Today there is a $118,500 cap on income taxed for Social Security. Billionaires pay the same as someone making $118,500 per year. As structured, Social Security places the largest burdens on the poorest among us. I agree with Bernie Sanders. Eliminate the cap. According to Sanders research, lifting the cap would not only fix the problem, it would enable expansions.

Source: 2016 Alaska Senate campaign website on Jun 24, 2013

Joe Miller: Privatize elements of Social Security

Q: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?

A: Yes.

Source: Alaska Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 1, 2010

Sarah Palin: Home-based assistance more cost-effective than institutions

I support funding our Seniors Longevity Bonus Program so the program can phase out on schedule, in agreement with public discussion years ago. The program was declining and it was a shame to see our esteemed pioneers face broken promises when they were prematurely lopped off the program. I also support home and community based assistance programs, which are more cost effective than institutional alternatives and also allow seniors to stay in their homes and communities with dignity. Senior citizens will be respected in my administration and will receive our full respect and support. They are my delight and I will not let them down.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

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Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
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Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
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