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Next year Alaska will finally pass the breaking point. Our deficit will be far greater than the remaining savings to cover it. Our future is grim without the very fair, very needed revenue Ballot Measure 1 will provide. With almost $20 million that London and Texas-based oil companies have s…

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Oil tax policy should be based on objective comparative analysis of what’s reasonable in a global economy. Our current tax policy adopted under Senate Bill 21 is flawed in several respects and should be amended and improved. In this context, I think it’s appropriate and useful to discuss my …

We recently saw a campaign advertisement from Al Gross criticizing Sen. Dan Sullivan for “stripping a provision from his own party’s tax bill that would have had cruise operators pay federal taxes.” We are not certain if his position was ill-informed or whether this was purely a partisan pol…

In an election that many Alaskans are calling “the most important of our lifetimes,” with the presidency and control of the U.S. Senate on the line, as well as control of the Alaska House and possibly even the Alaska Senate, and ballot propositions that will determine whether Alaska’s oil ta…

I had the opportunity to participate in the first virtual Southeast Conference via Zoom. I was able to attend committees on energy, timber, mariculture and the University of Alaska Southeast.

Most Alaskans have come to recognize that the future prosperity of our state will depend on the responsible development of our resources. Those natural resources are oil, gas, minerals, fish, timber and tourism. Expanded government should not be included because it, by itself, does not gener…

Ballot Measure 1 (the Fair Share Act) amends the current production tax regime created under Senate Bill 21 (SB21) to make it fairer and more transparent for Alaskans. The major Texas-based producers and their surrogates who fashioned SB21 will say anything to keep Alaskans from amending SB2…

Alaska's Constitution requires that our natural resources, including oil, be managed for the maximum benefit of the people of Alaska. However, big oil is getting greater benefits from our oil than the citizens of Alaska are getting.

As summer winds up, most Alaskan’s wonder whether there are enough fish, berries, jam and wild game in the freezer to last through the winter. As a representative of skilled workers in construction trades I ask myself, “does our state have enough construction projects to employ people throug…

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Alaska has faced its share of monumental challenges. The testing of all incoming travelers, providing relief for devastated tourism businesses, creating a new unemployment program from scratch. Yet none compared to the challenge of protecting our critical se…

Those looking for a silver lining in the "summer of COVID" might find one in a variation on the old "good news/bad news" story. The bad news is the tourist industry shutdown has kept most visitors away during our peak outdoor recreation season. The good news is that Alaskans have had the who…

Proponents of the Oil Tax Initiative are trying to convince Alaskans that a “yes” vote on the Oil Tax Initiative will increase state revenue and protect the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. The opposite is true.

Recently, our administration presented Alaska’s Legislature with a plan to extend hundreds of millions of dollars to hurting small businesses currently ineligible for AK CARES grants. Those affected by this expansion of eligibility include small businesses that previously received federal ai…

As the marine highway workgroup strides into August, I want to provide an update on what we have been doing, and where we are heading. Our meetings have been streamed live on Facebook, and recordings are available online at http://dot.alaska.gov/comm/amh-reshaping-workgroup/ if you wish to h…

Our Alaska ferry system is under the authority of the state Department of Transportation, which also has the responsibility of operating our state highway system and the airports. Both of those operations are carried out satisfactorily.

OURPORT was formed nearly a year ago by a small group of local business owners who were opposed to the City of Ketchikan’s plan to lease and transfer management of the downtown cruise ship docks to a private company for a term of 30 years. Last winter, over 400 citizens and dozens of additio…

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