Transparency and Accountability in Government:
Government works best when the public is involved and able to hold it accountable. I've worked to take back the power from unelected bureaucrats and ensure the Assembly follows the Alaska Open Meetings Act. On the Assembly, I've worked to reclaim this authority and give it back to the people where it belongs, while also raising the legal mandate for transparency and accessibility in our local government and meetings. When I ran for office, I promised I'd fight to pass an online “checkbook,” so that the public can see what their money is being spent on to guarantee that the borough spends funds in the most fiscally responsible manner. I made this happen and borough residents now have full access to the Borough budget. I believe the people should have a voice in the Borough budgeting process. That's why I have worked to make progress on creating a Citizen's Advisory Committee on the Budget. This committee would be made up of members of our community to study and analyze the budget year-round, bringing in experts, taking public hearings, and finding where we are wasting our hard-earned dollars and where we are spending efficiently.
Every Alaskan has the right to be safe in their homes and community. Ensuring public safety will always be my top priority. The Mat-Su Borough has been charged with proposing a plan for a borough-wide police force. I will work to make sure any local police programs reflect the needs of our community, resulting in quicker response times, stronger public safety while being fiscally responsible. I want the voters to have a say in local public safety by providing input, oversight, and ensuring that the police chief would be chosen by the people of the Mat-Su as an elected official.
The Alaska Constitution mandates that we provide high-quality education. On the Assembly, I've fought to make sure we have strong local schools that are competitive, accessible, and accountable to members of our community. As a result, our schools are among the best in the state and parents have more choices through charter and homeschooling. I will continue to work to support our schools and provide parents the ability to be involved and have a say in the direction of the education of their children while providing various education and career options for our students. My goal will always be to ensure that every dollar is spent to the maximum benefit of our community and every child has access to a high-quality education.
Industry and Innovation
The Matsu is the fastest growing economy in the state for a reason. We have the most skilled, hard-working, and innovative workers and businesses in Alaska. I will work to guarantee that the Mat-Su does everything it can to promote economic opportunity and prosperity for our workers, families, and business owners. We have the opportunity to bring new industries, investments, and jobs to our community. On the Assembly, I will continue to listen and look for new ideas and innovations to support our local economy. One such area members of our community have brought to me is the commercialization of local agriculture and natural resources, such as our boreal forests and rich farmlands, into industrial fiber that can be manufactured into almost anything.
Tim Hale is a proud gun owner, sportsman, and champion for your Second Amendment rights.
Roads and Trails
Twenty years of building roads and oilfields have taught me the importance of quality infrastructure. I successfully fought to bring over $1.5 million to our community to ensure local roads in our Valley are adequate for the traffic loads, and in good repair. The Mat-Su has numerous great spaces to hike, ski, four-wheel, snowmachine, camp, and enjoy other outdoor activities. I love to hunt, explore in my Argo, and ride our snow-covered mountains. I will work to ensure locals have access to fully enjoy our amazing community and outdoor activities.