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Legislature starts work amid dust, drilling

...turn.The latter body held no hearings on Saturday, as Gov. Walker unexpectedly canceled his proposal for a natural gas tax on Friday, one day before the session's start.The House Finance Committee's work on the first day included a two-hour...
Gov. Walker nixes natural gas tax after pledge from Big Oil

It's business as unusual.On Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours before the Alaska Legislature was to begin its third special session of 2015, Gov. Bill Walker announced an abrupt change to the agenda.A tax on natural gas left in the ground ? intended to push the North Slope's big energy producers to commit natural gas to the state's pipeline project ? is no longer on the table.
State | AK legislature
Alaska oil industry defends tax credit program

...Alaska's oil industry trade group has launched an advertising campaign in an effort to defend the state's oil and gas tax credit program amid criticism from state leaders.The Alaska Oil and Gas Association's campaign, which debuted last...
'I'm trying to sell gas'

...Juneau on Oct. 24. In 2006, Alaska voters turned down a ballot measure that would have enacted a similar tax.Walker's gas tax plan drew immediate criticism from majority caucus members in the House and Senate immediately after the special session...
State | AK legislature
House votes to keep highway spending level, ignores warnings

...were blocked from consideration by GOP leaders, including a proposal by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., to raise the gas tax, and another by Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., to tax profits U.S. corporations park overseas and use that tax to...
Nation and World
Pitney: Cuts only one piece of budget picture

...essential that revenue discussions include the prudent use of Permanent Fund earnings."Legislation to address oil and gas tax credits is expected during the next session, Pitney said.Pitney said agency spending is only one piece that needs to...
Fiscal forum invites Juneau to have its say on budget

...and fiscal issues.? Gregg Erickson is an economist with a deep involvement with the Alaska Permanent Fund and oil and gas tax issues.? Brad Keithley is president of Keithley Consulting, LLC, focusing on oil, gas and fiscal policy matters. What to...
My Turn: Why I vetoed $200 million in oil tax credits

...operating losses with less than 20 percent going toward exploration.Money for the repurchase of credits comes from an oil and gas tax credit fund. A formula establishes how much money is appropriated to the fund each year. This year, that amount would...
My Turn: Killing government with demands of efficiency

...fact Alaska has no state income, sales or property tax. Some communities impose the latter two, but just as the state gas tax is the lowest in the nation, we're taxed far less than any other state.Petro is right about how most of us would respond...
Residents rank 3 state services as low priority

...people to consider, including income taxes, sales taxes, using the Permanent Fund as an endowment, reviewing oil and gas taxes and considering a state lottery.Cuts and fiscal restraint will be critical, but cutting down to a sustainable budget...


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