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My Turn: Solving Alaska's budget problem

...is not completely wrong, it fails to give proper context. The part of the budget that has ballooned in years of high oil prices is the capital budget. And yes, while the state agency budget has risen, it has risen mostly in response to population...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-28/my-turn-solving-alaskas-budget-proble
Opinion
My Turn: Oil tax myths

...be in this fix today. Unfortunately, this major reduction in oil production has largely been masked until now by higher oil prices. But it is a significant factor in our inability to match our revenues and expenses. Diversifying Alaska's revenue...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-05-28/my-turn-oil-tax-myths
Opinion
My Turn: Smaller PFD check is a nudge in the right direction

...residents cope with those skyrocketing energy costs.As Alaskans were struggling with unexpectedly high energy bills, high oil prices combined with the ACES oil production tax generated record revenues for the state. Six months later, the price had...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-05-22/my-turn-smaller-pfd-check-nudge-right
Opinion
Empire Editorial: When is it time to talk 'revenue'?

...We agree, for the most part, though the state's spending did balloon to unsustainable levels thanks to years of high oil prices and the naivety they would never again fall.It's too late in this session to talk revenue, regardless of various...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-26/empire-editorial-when-it-time-talk-re
Opinion
My Turn: Alaskan can safely exit the Arctic oil rapids

...exploration and discovery wells, ground monitoring, seismic analysis, production wells) is not nearly correlated to high oil prices. We feel that if oil prices go up, Alaska's current oil production trend may be reversed.There might also be...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-03-04/my-turn
Opinion
My Turn: Alaska's love/hate affair with government spending

...2011 and $12.1 billion a year later. Parnell had the money to spend because we were flush from the combination of high oil prices and the progressive tax structure under ACES. We never felt the pinch from congressional Republicans reigning in...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-30/my-turn-alaskas-lovehate-affair-gover
Opinion
My Turn: Blaming oil tax for deficit is wrong

...substantially worse. Here's why: SB21 raised the base tax rate but eliminated progressivity so taxes are lower under high oil prices but the state collects more revenue when prices are low. With oil less than $50 a barrel, that means Alaska is...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-29/my-turn-blaming-oil-tax-deficit-wrong
Opinion
Walker: Unsustainable for tax breaks to exceed oil tax revenue

...magnifies the state's losses at low oil prices. The last oil tax rewrite occurred during a period of sustained high oil prices, and there was little consideration given to the low-price scenario."Alaska voters in August upheld the tax...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-09/walker-unsustainable-tax-breaks-exceed-
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My Turn: The hard truth about our oil revenue

...magnifies the state's losses at low oil prices. The last oil tax rewrite occurred during a period of sustained high oil prices, and there was little consideration given to the low-price scenario.I remember when my parents and their neighbors...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-08/my-turn-hard-truth-about-our-oil-reve
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My Turn: SB21 is risky business

As a fiscally conservative Republican, I have been surprised conservative voices have only focused on high oil price tax rates and revenue under the newly enacted Senate Bill 21. I haven't heard a single concern about the enormous risk to Alaska...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-08-13/my-turn-sb21-risky-business
Opinion

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