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Alaska Editorial: State's budget situation isn't dire, but only because of recent savings

...consolidating small fields into Prudhoe Bay for taxation purposes. In 2006, he and the Legislature agreed on new higher oil taxes, the petroleum profits tax.In the wake of the Veco corruption scandal, the Legislature revisited the oil taxes...
Is BP cutting production to blackmail Alaska?

...statement is false and those saying it know it's false. According to the government of Mexico, Mexico has the highest oil tax in North American at 94 percent. According to the U.S. Department of Interior, Louisiana's 85 percent tax on...
Alaska editorial: If oil drops, we'll have to help pay for services help pay for schools, roads and other public services - something other than the beloved individual dividend. Higher oil taxes would help delay that day of reckoning. One of the more interesting debate points over the oil tax legislation is...
Alaska editorial: Governor deserves praise for his efforts

...issue and threw it in front of the Legislature, arguing it's a good time to fix the problem. OK, so he pushed for higher oil taxes and accompanying investment tax credits after the major North Slope producers said they really wanted locked-in...
Economic development plan should include finance plan

...more revenue from the oil industry, need a plan of what to do with Alaska's current assets, and what to do with higher oil taxes aside from making them a political talking point. Lew M. Williams Jr. is former publisher of the Ketchikan Daily...
Looming budget crunch gets another review tax, or an increase in the fuel tax, would generate only a few million dollars each, he said. Aside from higher oil taxes, only an income tax, a sales tax, or extraction of money from the permanent fund in some fashion have the horsepower...
Poll finds public still wary of taxes, tapping permanent fund, passing a statewide, year-round sales tax or increasing fuel taxes. Respondents were split about evenly on higher oil taxes and a seasonal sales tax. The poll numbers, which House Speaker Brian Porter said he found discouraging, were discussed...
DOT head braces for busy year

...on the important issues at He'll be on the hot seat just as Revenue Commissioner Pat Galvin was in pushing for a higher oil tax and just as Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin was in touting a natural gas pipeline plan. Von Scheben will likely be...
Alaska editorial: State revenue sharing must be maintained

Alaska municipal leaders made a strong and convincing case last week for the state to share the wealth from higher oil taxes with local governments. Sound off on the important issues at The tendency in the past from legislators and governors...
State disputes claims about tax instability

...make investments today based on the environment today." Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, a consistent advocate for higher oil taxes, said that fiscal instability comes from taxing too little. If Alaska is not getting its fair share of oil revenue...


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