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Bill seeking new Native corporations in Congress

JUNEAU - Congress is picking up a bill that would create corporations for residents of five southeast Alaska communities left out of a landmark land settlement decades ago. The bill authored by U.S. Rep.
My Turn: Time to complete Governor Hammond's vision

Former Gov. Jay Hammond said this when later describing the reasons he and others created the Permanent Fund: "I wanted to transform oil wells pumping oil for a finite period into money wells pumping money for infinity.
Charting Southeast's economy through 2020

Southeast Conference begins its two-day Mid-Session Summit today at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The annual summit kicks off with opening remarks at 8 a.m.
My Turn: Urgent need for a sustainable budget

During the fall, a large number of candidates campaigned on the theme of enacting sustainable budgets. For example, on his campaign website Gov.
Exploring the 'what ifs' of SB 21, ACES

Tuesday's vote on Ballot Measure 1 will decide if Alaska retains a controversial oil tax system adopted by the Legislature in 2013 or reverts to the previous tax system, known as ACES.
My Turn: Treadwell's national sales tax pitch wrong for Alaska

I was surprised when GOP Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell endorsed the National Sales Tax at a debate in Homer. Treadwell even confirmed his support for the tax in follow-up interviews with journalists.
The history of oil wealth

Since the discovery that Alaska has a wealth of oil, there have been debates about how best to spread that wealth between the state and oil industry. Alaskans will vote on Tuesday on whether to repeal the fifth tax regime since the oil boom of the 1970s.
My Turn: How to spend money to save money

Earlier this month, I announced that I intend to spend up to $200,000 this coming fall in certain key legislative races. The reason I am doing that is simple.
Oil is critical to Alaska's economy

Only three legs support the Alaska economy: oil, the federal government and everything else. That's why oil tax reform is an Alaska problem, not an oil company problem. Oil companies can invest anywhere in the world, and they do.
My Turn: Economic research shows Alaska is better off under new oil tax

For almost four decades, Alaska's business community - including those of us at Northrim Bank - have relied on economist Scott Goldsmith for his expertise and analysis of the health of the state's economy.


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