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Rep. Les Gara

NEWS: Gara Debunks Oil Tax Myths: Pathway to Poverty Reduces Production, Threatens Education, Jobs, and Core Services

JUNEAU – Today Rep. Les Gara (D-Anch) has provided Alaskans with a source of information so they can see how the Governor’s oil giveaway kills Alaska’s ability to fund schools, construction jobs, and basic services. It will be on Gara’s website, with documents, most of which were provided by the Governor’s paid experts and administration officials when they were pushing SB 21. The latest state projections show oil production will fall under SB 21 from over 500,000 barrels a day to 285,000 barrels in 2024.

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Rep. Les Gara

Note from Rep. Gara: Budget Testimony Tuesday; Pebble Mine Being Panned?

There’s still quite a bit of work to do on the budget, and your input is needed. If you live in Anchorage, testimony is Tuesday from 4:15 to 5:45. The temporary legislative information office (LIO) is located at 733 W 4th Ave, Suite 100 (right across the street from the former location). You must sign in to testify, and testimony is limited to two minutes per person. A list of testimony times and days for people around the state can be found below.

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Alaska state and flag

NEWS: A Better Way than the Giveaway: Democratic Legislators Introduce Fair Share Oil Tax

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Les Gara, Senator Bill Wielechowski, and Senate Democratic Leader Hollis French (all D-Anchorage) introduced a fair share oil tax proposal. The legislation would get a fair return for Alaska’s oil resources, target incentives directly to new oil production, re-instate incentives for companies to invest in Alaska, and create new, non-tax initiatives to encourage new oil production.

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Rep. Scott Kawasaki

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Back in Fairbanks!, Education Rally, Bill Highlights

I will be returning home later this week to meet with my fellow Fairbanksans about priority issues for the Interior. This has been a busy legislative session and I look forward to hearing your questions, comments and concerns. Please join me Sunday, February 23 from 2-4pm at the Noel Wien Library Auditorium for a discussion about LNG, Flint Hills, air quality, energy prices, and any other topics of your choice.

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Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins

Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins’ Newsletter: A $2 Billion Goof

• “$2 billion revenue shortfall sparks oil tax debate” — Anchorage Daily News
• “Oil Tax Revenue Expected To Decline By $2 Billion” — Alaska Public Radio
• “Alaska Revenue Forecast Shows Unanticipated Multibillion-Dollar Deficit” — Alaska Dispatch

Translation: We, the State of Alaska, have $2 billion less in oil revenue this coming year than we thought.

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Alaska State Seal

NEWS: It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Oil Wealth Giveaway increases deficit now, undercuts ability to replenish savings later

A small budget is not surprising, but the lost opportunities for Alaskans and inability to replenish state savings accounts due to recent changes to the state’s oil tax will cost Alaska in the future, said House Democratic leadership today in response to Governor Parnell’s proposed budget.

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The Seal of the State of Alaska

NEWS: “New” Oil Regs a Fool’s Errand, Need More Work and Review

Democratic Legislators highlight big risks in draft Oil Wealth Giveaway regulations

JUNEAU – Today, Alaska Democratic Legislators warned of significant risks, impossible expectations, and the potential for industry to game the system in their official comment letter to the Alaska Department of Revenue on its proposed regulations for Senate Bill 21, the governor’s oil wealth giveaway.

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