Gasoline prices are back in the national news, but in Alaska high gas prices have been an issue that hasn’t gone away. Since 2008 Alaskan gas prices have consistently been the highest in the nation, excluding state taxes, even though we produce more oil per capita than any other state. It didn’t use to be this way, as early as March 2007 Anchorage actually had the lowest gas prices of any city in the country.Read more
Next week, the House Finance Committee will take public testimony on the proposed changes to Alaska’s oil and gas taxes. This is your chance to speak up and be heard. In my March 4 newsletter, I outlined some of the major components of the bill and the problems with the changes.Read more
Please join me, Senator Kevin Meyer, and Representative Charisse Millett at a town hall meeting to discuss issues important to you and your family:
Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, March 26th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Elim Café, 561 W. Dimond, between C St. and Arctic
Congratulations to the Iditarod mushers who have finished and those still on the trail! Dog mushing is an amazing extreme sport and my hat goes off to all the teams that entered both the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest this year.Read more
Consider the following:
Alaska has a longer coastline than all other U.S. States combined. Two of our largest industries, oil and fishing, are centered near our coastal areas. In many ways, Alaska’s future is closely tied to the rights we hold to coastal resources– as well as to the responsibilities we accept to manage these resources wisely.Read more
The House passed an $8.9-billion operating budget last week. The Senate Finance Committee will hear the budget next and will be taking public testimony next week. It is important that you have your say! The Senate will hear from thousands of Alaskans on every budget item and use the information to amend the current budget as necessary.Read more
Is that Sean Parnell or Daddy Warbucks?
The powerful House Finance Committee, of which I am a weak and insignificant member, is almost through its first week of wrestling with House Bill 110, Gov. Sean Parnell’s bill to give $10 billion to the oil industry because – well, because he wants to.Read more
I just received notice that Anchorage and MatSu are receiving a hefty amount of fresh snow.
The State Department of Transportation has assured legislators that they have all available plows out to clear state-maintained roads for safe travel as soon as possible.Read more