Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Special Session Implodes

Governor Pulls Oil Taxes, Senate Adjourns, What Will the House do?

The Third Special Session of the Alaska State Legislature has imploded. In this newsletter, I’ll tell you what happened and what is likely to happen next.

Thank you for reading my newsletter. I appreciate hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.

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House Democratic Leader Responds to Governor Pulling the Plug on His Oil Tax Giveaway

JUNEAU – Tonight, House Democratic Leader Beth Kerttula released the following statement in response to Governor Parnell’s announcement that he is withdrawing his oil tax legislation.

“This is a good day for Alaska. I’m glad the governor just pulled the plug on his bad bill. The writing was on the wall when the governor introduced a bill that was nearly identical to his last giveaway. The facts have never supported giving away more of Alaska’s share, especially for nothing in return. I’m very proud of the House Democrats, and everyone else who worked against his oil tax giveaway.”

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Rep. Miller’s District 7 News: Public Testimony on HB 3001, the New Oil Tax Bill

I wanted to let you know of an opportunity to provide public testimony on House Bill 3001, the Governor’s new oil tax bill he introduced for special session.

The House Resources committee will be taking testimony on the bill tomorrow, April 26th, at 9:00 AM.

The bill is a new spin on the Governor’s House Bill 110. However, I fear it still it provides too large a tax break for oil companies without any guarantee more oil will be pumped through the pipeline. You can read more about the hearings HB 3001 has received here.

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Rep. Holmes Newsletter: Opportunity for public input on oil taxes!

Make your voice heard! Tomorrow, Thursday, April 26, the House Resources committee will be taking public testimony on the Governor’s oil tax reform bill starting at 9:00 am. If you would like to testify on this important issue, please go to the Anchorage Legislative Information Office at 716 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 200. To accommodate everyone, testimony may be limited to 2-3 minutes each. The bill currently being considered by the House is the Governor’s HB 3001. Click here to find additional information about the bill.

As always, please feel free to e-mail or call me in Juneau with your thoughts about oil taxes, or any other issues. I would love to hear from you!

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Democrats to Gov: Stop Touting Existing Oil Industry Commitments as New

Official reports show I-Pad, other promised investment already underway under ACES

JUNEAU – Today Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) and Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) called on the governor to stop touting existing oil industry commitments as new when he pitches his multi-billion dollar oil tax giveaway.

“For the last four to five years, the oil industry has reported to the state that these projects are already in their plans, so how can the governor keep repeating that they are new commitments?” asked Rep. Kawasaki, a member of the House Resources Committee.

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To Tell the Truth

We had big fun in the House of Representatives Wednesday.

First, we listened to a speech by the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. I have lots and lots respect for the chief justice – especially since a guy never knows when he might get hauled in front of the court – but I have to say that the hour-long speech might have been just a skosh longer than my attention span. But then I’ve never been accused of having the longest attention span anyway.

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