NEWS: Gara Calls on Governor to Stop Silencing World Renowned Oil Tax Experts

Consultants are respected, know Alaska, and should be accessible to Legislators

Today Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) called on the Governor to allow world class oil policy experts, who the Administration has on contract but has so far prevented from speaking, to consult with legislators, provide analysis, and provide their views on an oil tax policy that will work. See pages 6 and the Amendment page in the attached contract. The two experts, Rich Ruggiero and Bob George, consulted on ACES and have ideas on improving that law. They have been hired by the Governor but cannot without the Governor’s consent, speak to legislators or the public.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: ACTION ALERT: 2013 Debunking Oil Taxes

Dear Neighbors,

It is my pleasure to welcome Senator Bill Wielechowski to Fairbanks this evening as the 2013 “Debunking Oil Taxes” Tour continues. Senator Wielechowski will discuss the vitally important topic of oil taxes in a free and open forum at the Noel Wien Library TONIGHT. As a leader in the oil tax debate, Senator Wielechowski has developed a presentation that examines the facts from industry, the state, and international experts.

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Rep. Gara Exposes Oil Giveaway Shortcomings at UAA Debate

Giving oil revenue away for nothing didn’t work before and won’t work now

Today, Representative Les Gara articulated why giving away billions of dollars of Alaska’s oil revenue as the governor proposes will not increase development on the North Slope but will instead wipe out the $15 billion in savings Alaska has achieved under the current law, putting Alaska’s economy, now and into the future, at great risk. Rep. Gara made his case in a debate on the governor’s proposed multi-billion dollar oil giveaway hosted by the Union of Students (USUAA) student government at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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