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I urge the sponsors of the oil tax increase initiative to withdraw their support for it. Production from our legacy fields — Prudhoe, Kuparak and Alpine — will decline naturally at about 5% per year without investment. So, we need new investment simply to maintain the existing level of produ…

We understand what a challenging and unprecedented time this is for Alaskans. The COVID-19 virus has been an evolving pandemic, spreading worldwide and severely disrupting life across America and our state. Alaskans are worried not only about their personal health and the impacts that Alaska…

As reports of an illness began spreading across the United States, reactions were mixed. One city took it seriously, closing the schools, isolating the ill, advising citizens to “socially distance” themselves and wash their hands frequently. Another city, against the advice of health officia…

As our nation and the world experiences the life-altering impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to take a moment to speak to you directly. If you’ve followed our many press conferences this week, you know that Alaska is rapidly preparing for an outbreak, and that an emergency w…

The governor says he “has been actively seeking new revenue sources to diversify our economy.” He has been on the job almost 15 months and was a senator for five years before that, four of which as a member of the Senate Finance Committee.

As residents of the towns near the proposed Kake Road, we firmly oppose it. The $40 million raised for this “road to nowhere” should instead support the return of the Alaska Marine Highway System to our coastal Alaska communities struggling without ferry service.

I’m writing in response to Daily News articles that pertain to the planned commercial use of the Carlanna Lake Trail with guided hiking tours.

BP has been an outstanding corporate citizen of Alaska and will be genuinely missed — not only for its technical skills in managing the Prudhoe Bay production, but for its philanthropic contributions to the quality of life in our state. Alaskans owe BP thanks for all it has done.

Last week, I shared with you my vision for the Last Frontier – an agenda that highlights the priorities of Alaskans from Kotzebue to Ketchikan. It’s time to examine the way things have always been done. It’s time to leave behind the “that-won’t-work-in-Alaska” crowd.

In 1982, Alaska’s voters demonstrated their wisdom by approving our current constitutional spending limit (Article IX, Sec. 16). That amendment was prompted by the brave leadership of Gov. Jay Hammond. When he was confronted with a bloated capital budget from the Legislature, he used the thr…

It might come as a surprise to some, but in the midst of Alaska’s beautiful outdoor surroundings, we have a human trafficking problem. Human trafficking takes two forms—labor trafficking and sex trafficking. As Alaska’s attorney general, one of my priorities is to combat this scourge and eli…

I believe there really is an achievable solution that can save our ferry system from passing into oblivion. Action must be taken right now with the Legislature and the Administration initiating two major policy changes.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Newly Elected Officials Training and Alaska Municipal League in Anchorage. For those who’re unaware of or haven’t attended the conference, it’s basically a congregation of local government nerds discussing issues that impact our communities. The N…