Rep. Drummond’s Newsletter: Notes from Juneau

Session is in full swing now, which means the oil tax debate is ramping up. It’s safe to say everyone in the capitol agrees oil taxes need to be changed, but how we’re going to get there has been the biggest debate in the legislature for several years now.

I’ve had a chance to read through both the Governor’s oil tax bill and the alternative bill that Democrats introduced this week. What I like about the Democrat’s bill, HB111, is that it provides incentives for getting more oil in the pipeline. Unlike the Governor’s bill, there aren’t tax reductions for oil companies unless they start producing more. It also encourages new exploration and will make the industry more competitive.

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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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BREAKING: Democrats Press Conference – Oil Tax Alternative

House and Senate Democrats to hold press conference today to introduce oil tax alternative

WHAT: Democratic legislators Press Conference to introduce their oil tax alternative
WHEN: 12:00 noon, Monday, February 11, 2013
WHERE: Butrovich Room, State Capitol

TELECONFERENCE: From Juneau: 463-5009
Outside Juneau: 855-463-5009

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Rep. Drummond’s Newsletter: Busy Week, Mark Your Calendar, Pick Click Give

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It’s been a busy week in Alaska’s Capital City! Superintendents, teachers, parents and students from all around the state traveled to Juneau to talk about the importance of education funding and let legislators know what is working in their region of the state.

It was enlightening to listen to the issues that are unique to the public school systems outside of Anchorage, and I look forward working with Alaskans to better our children’s education.

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NEWS: Democrats Introduce School Funding Measure

Alaska’s Schools Need a Lasting Commitment to Build on Successes

JUNEAU – Today, House Democrats introduced legislation to make a lasting commitment to Alaska’s schools by guaranteeing inflation will not lead to more school staff cuts. Nine members of the House Democratic Caucus signed on to the legislation.

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