NEWS: More Declining Production: Updated Numbers Show Decline Continues at Least to 2024

JUNEAU – Today, upon learning the Alaska Department of Revenue now predicts oil production declines to accelerate through 2024, down to 285,000 barrels per day, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) called on the Parnell administration to provide information about what has changed since its push last session to roll back oil production taxes.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Time to Reverse a 4th Year of Education Cuts; A Gasline For Exxon Or Us? And a Shelved Child Protection Study?

It’s an uphill battle sometimes. But Martin Luther King, Jr., said “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” It will. If we all work together. Your letters to the editor are needed if you think things should move in a better direction.

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NEWS: Democrats Introduce Oil Tax Alternative

Reduction for Production: Bill Targets New Oil in the Pipe and Protects Alaska

JUNEAU – House and Senate Democratic legislators introduced legislation today to grant tax concessions to oil producers who put new oil into the pipeline. The bill (SB50, HB 111) targets tax incentives to new fields and to new development in existing fields, and it offers other incentives outside the tax code to spark new development.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Corporate-Funded Ads Paint Skewed Picture: Tuesday Ballot Measures

So far Exxon, British Petroleum, Shell and ConocoPhillips have spent over a half million dollars with deceptive ads telling you how their companies want you to vote Tuesday. That’s the new election world we live in. In this world of unlimited election spending, facts should matter more than spin, and when corporations fund ads you should take a close look to see if they are trying to spin you into voting against the public’s interest. I believe they are here. What’s good for outside corporations isn’t always what’s good for you.

Ballot Measure 2: Local Voice, Or Let Federal Bureaucrats Dictate Development Issues on Federal Lands in Alaska: I’m Voting Yes On 2

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Alaskans Call for End to Unlimited Corporate and Union Election Spending: Petition Gets 1,000th Signer in First Week

In just one week, over 1,000 Alaskans have signed a public petition supporting Rep. Gara’s legislation calling for an end to unlimited corporate campaign spending. Such quick action by a frustrated public shows the public significantly supports a ban on unlimited elections spending by corporations, made legal by the Citizens United Supreme Court case.

“The public is fed up with letting corporations, unions and others buy elections, and drown out the voices of voters who aren’t billionaires,” said Rep. Les Gara (D-Anc.), the lead Prime Sponsor of a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United decision. A Homer Tribune Article published yesterday fairly summarizes the legislative debate on this issue.

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Legislation to Ban Unlimited Corporate and Union Election Spending Passes Committee

Today legislation calling for an end to unlimited corporate and union election spending passed the House State Affairs Committee.

“Unlimited spending by corporations and organizations to influence elections drowns out the public’s voice, and damages the basic democratic priniciple of one person one vote,” said Prime Sponsor of HJR 33, Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage). The legislation calls on the United States Congress to pass a constitutional amendment reversing the controversial 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, which reversed decades of precedent allowing states and Congress to ban corporate and Union “independent expenditures” by third party groups seeking to influence election outcomes.

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House Bill 244 “Corporations Not ‘Persons’ in Elections”

“An Act providing that for-profit corporations and limited liability companies organized in this state are not persons for purposes of influencing the outcomes of public office elections, initiatives, referendums, or recalls.”

House Bill 244 will prohibit corporations from contributing to elections. This bill will amend state law that allows corporations to be recognized as persons and therefore contribute to campaigns with unlimited financial contributions…

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