Andi Story for House

Andi Story for House

A fierce advocate and community leader working for sustainable change in House District 34 in Juneau.

Paid for by Andi Story for House, 12069 Cross Street, Juneau, Alaska 99801

907.521.5800 // andistoryforhouse@gmail.com

 
 
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ABout Andi 

Andi Story is a five-term Juneau School Board member with deep ties to the Juneau community. She has the compassion, drive, and connections across the state to get things done in the capitol building. 

Andi knows it's imperative that the Legislature develop a sustainable fiscal plan. Alaska's future and our quality of life depend on it.

 A balanced budget is essential to a stable economy, attracting investments, creating jobs, providing public services, and assuring a dividend. 

 
 
 
 

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On the Issues

Why I Am Running

Juneau families are being hurt by the recession. Because of years of cuts, Alaskans have lost part of our dividend, Juneau has lost hundreds of jobs, and the state has lost thousands of residents. Alaska desperately needs a sustainable financial plan and I am frustrated that our leaders have not accomplished that.

Social and Economic Justice

I am passionate about these issues. All voices are valuable, but not everyone has access to decision makers. Government serves best when all perspectives are taken into account. Processes, policies, programs, and practices can be exclusive and have negative, often invisible consequences. Every action we take should be evaluated in terms of actual impacts on real people. I am committed to the principle that everyone has a right to thrive. 

A Financial Plan for Alaska

Alaska’s economy must be stabilized or future investment and growth in our young state are at risk. There must be a bi-partisan agreement on some combination of revenue so that Alaska can pay its bills.  State spending has been slashed 38% in five years; further cuts don’t make economic sense. The dividend, education, health care, public safety, and much-needed projects – like schools and bridges -- all depend on a realistic financial plan.

Jobs

Alaska must stabilize its economy or we will continue to lose jobs and investments. Significant reductions in state positions have severely impacted Juneau’s economy. In addition, construction and related industries have been crippled by a 93% drop in capital infrastructure spending.  Without a financial plan, roads, bridges, ports, and schools  -- and their maintenance – are at risk.

Education

I’ve seen up close the harm that cuts have caused to our children’s education over the last seven years. Juneau has lost more than 100 well-paying jobs in our schools – and that has hurt children, families, and our community. This does not have to be the case. Education is an economic engine by providing local jobs and training a much-needed workforce in high demand fields, like health care, mining, and technology. A bi-partisan fiscal plan must prioritize education. The cuts must stop.

Protecting the Dividend

The Permanent Fund is protected by the Constitution and can never be touched without a vote of the people. Some of the profit is being used to help support services to Alaskans, as was the original intent of the fund. Alaskans should receive a dividend every year, as it is each resident’s share of the state’s oil wealth.

Transportation

We need a transportation plan that’s affordable, reliable, and sustainable. The ferry system always will be our region’s main highway and must be strengthened, not cut further. I believe we can benefit from a road. A future road increases access choices and reduces travel and shipping costs.

Health Care

Every single person deserves quality, affordable health care. Right now, costs are too high for some families and too high for the state. Voluntary pooling, posting rates so that consumers can shop around, and free primary care clinics can help reduce costs.  I believe that all women have a right to make their own health care decisions.

Mining

Hecla Greens Creek and the Kensington are good neighbors to Juneau and provide hundreds of well-paying jobs. I support resource development, but am opposed to the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay. It is too risky to be in the middle of a fishing reserve at the headwaters of the home of half the world’s sockeye fishery.

Why I Am the Best-Qualified Candidate

I am the most experienced candidate with the strongest knowledge of what matters to Juneau families. I have 15 years experience balancing budgets and developing  relationships with leaders around the state as I’ve advocated for education. I know our community well. For 32 years, Mike and I have lived and raised our three kids here. As a former social worker and five-term School Board member, I have a deep understanding of what matters to families. I’ve listened to their concerns during hundreds of hours in phone calls, on their doorsteps, during thousands of hours of school board meetings – and more than a few hours at the grocery store.

Alaska Native Cultures and Languages

We live on the land of Alaska’s original people and must always remember that. Our  state government finally has acknowledged that past institutions took part in the demise of Alaska Native language and culture. Alaska Native leaders and educators are working hard to revitalize Native languages and cultures, and the Legislature can have a positive role in this. I am committed to gaining bi-partisan support for revenue measures, such as Learning Opportunity Grants, to support this important work.

Seniors

Juneau is graying. Our fastest growing population is over 60. Many seniors want to “age in place,” and remain in their home community their entire lives. Alaska must be affordable and offer services and infrastructure for tiered care, as well as caregiving resources to their families.

Climate Change

Climate change, accelerated by human activity, is happening at a rapid pace unknown in history. This is having disproportionate impacts on the Arctic, with consequences that may be costly to Alaska. Diversifying to renewable energy, such as hydro, solar, and wind is having positive results in parts of Alaska. Energy efficiencies and costs to users must be taken into account as we plan energy investments. I am following the work of the state’s Climate Action Leadership Team. 

Keeping the Capital

That issue will never go away. Juneau must always work to be the very best capital city we can. That means being friendly hosts, assuring strong schools, and providing affordable housing, reliable connectivity, and low-cost, real-time access through every avenue possible. I will work hard to stop “capital creep” and to regain jobs that belong in Juneau.

Crime

People are worried about crime – and for good reason. The revised crime law was intended to generate savings to beef up pre-trial monitoring and more drug and alcohol treatment, which have yet to be fully implemented. Addiction and unemployment often are root causes of crime. I support more treatment options, job training, and strengthening incentives to hire and retain police officers.

Tourism

Juneau is a world-class destination and we want visitors to see our beautiful community! With a downturn in jobs, tourism has become a more important part of our economy. The arrival this year of mega-ships makes it timely to review our Tourism Management Best Practices and come together as a community to figure out how to accommodate visitors without harming the quality of life we all value. 

Stand for Salmon

Every Alaskan should care about salmon. They are the lifeblood of many communities and are important to Juneau’s commercial fishing and tourism economy. When the Coastal Zone Management program expired in 2011, local people lost a voice in coastal development. However, the restrictions in the initiative go too far. Habitat management should be reviewed, but that is up to the state – with public input.