News: Rep. Gara’s Public Comments Detail Potentially Excessive Tax Breaks for a Company Seeking “Royalty Relief”

Anchorage – On Monday, Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) filed detailed public comments showing the Nuna oilfield will receive significant, and possibly excessive, tax breaks under little-known provisions in S.B. 21. The Parnell Administration, in its waning two weeks, proposed a roughly $40 million reduction in the royalties Nuna’s current owner, Caelus Energy, would owe Alaskans. The Parnell Administration proposed to change the field’s existing lease terms to include additional revenue reductions at a time Alaska is facing a $3 billion budget deficit.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: NOTICE – DOT&PF Regional Reorganization

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has announced a change in the boundaries for its regions. Currently, DOT&PF has the state divided into the Central, Northern, and Southeast Regions. The Southeast Region will be renamed the “Coastal Region” and it will be expanded to include the majority of the coastal communities along the gulf and out the chain. However, those coastal communities that are connected to the state highway system that are under the Central Region or the Northern Region will remain under those regions.

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NEWS: Representative Tarr Asks FDA to Consider Recent GM Salmon Study

Findings that GM salmon can breed with wild fish are alarming

Anchorage – Today Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) submitted a letter to the FDA asking them to take into consideration a recently published study from McGill University that shows that genetically modified salmon are capable of breeding with wild fish.

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