Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Public Testimony Opportunities: Oil Tax Proposal; Constituent Meeting

The House Finance Committee will be holding its first public hearings on the Governor’s oil tax bill (HB 110) this Thursday and Friday. This proposed bill would give more than $10 billion over the next 5 years to the oil industry in a bid to get more oil in the pipeline.

I am very supportive of more oil production and more jobs for Alaskans. However, information discovered during review of HB 110 has raised serious questions about the best way to spur more oil production and jobs. Below is a longer discussion of the oil tax issue.

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House Passes Resolution Urging TSA to End Invasive Procedures

New procedures go too far, sacrifice dignity

JUNEAU – Today, The Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution (HCR8) by Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) urging the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to end its recently implemented invasive pat-down procedures and immediately revert to its prior, less invasive, protocol. Representative Sharon Cissna (D-Anchorage), who recently earned national attention for refusing to participate in a TSA pat-down, co-authored the resolution.

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Alaska Democrats Push Federal Bureaucrats to Allow NPR-A Oil Development

JUNEAU – Today, fourteen Democratic members of the Alaska Legislature called on the Obama Administration to resolve permit issues that are delaying ConocoPhillips’ efforts to develop a new oil field in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A). Last year, the Army Corps of Engineers rejected Conoco’s permit application to build a bridge across the Coleville River that the company needs to access the new field just west of its Alpine oil field, the third largest in Alaska.

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