Tony Knowles on Jobs

2004 former Democratic Challenger for Senate (AK; previously served as Governor)

Urges “crab rationalization repair” to restore lost jobs

For Knowles & Palin, courting the fish crowd is de rigueur. More than 20,000 commercial fishermen chase fish. More than 200,000 residents hold sportfishing licenses. And 83% of rural households have subsistence fishing permits.

Last year, the perilous Bering Sea crab fishery was rationalized, and one result was dramatic consolidation of the fleet as many boat owners transferred their catch rights to other boats. Hundreds of crew jobs disappeared overnight, causing an outcry in some Alaska ports.

Knowles is urging a “crab rationalization repair” to try to restore some of the lost jobs, and all the candidates say regulators should not rush to rationalize other fisheries. But some critics say Knowles deserves some blame for the problem, because his representative in 2002 offered what became the final design of crab rationalization.

All the candidates say the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is underfunded, lacking enough people and tools to study and protect the fish and their habitat.

Source: Anchorage Daily News: 2006 gubernatorial candidate profile Oct 29, 2006

Promote job opportunities via small business

Knowles’s policies to promote job opportunities were the most successful in Alaska history. He wants to keep growing Alaska’s economy by rebuilding crumbling infrastructure, opening the coastal plain of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge and building the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline. He knows that small businesses are vital to strengthening our economy and creating good jobs that won’t be outsourced or moved to another state. He will fight to expand opportunities for small business and individual entrepreneurs.
Source: Campaign website, TonyKnowles.com Jun 30, 2004

Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship.

Knowles signed the Western Governors' Association resolution:

Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 08: Farm Bill Reauthorization 01-WGA08 on Aug 14, 2001

Other governors on Jobs: Tony Knowles on other issues:
AK Gubernatorial:
Sean Parnell
AK Senatorial:
Lisa Murkowski
Mark Begich

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
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