There is an old story that tells of a simpleton who sets off to trade his most valuable worldly possession, hoping to better his situation.
There are a lot of "facts" flying around about Ballot Measure 1, which Alaskans will vote on in the primary election this Tuesday. I am not a lawmaker or an oil industry insider.
At the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate I took the "Vote Yes" side supporting repeal of SB21. I thought the matter closed until Gov. Parnell addressed my arguments on a local radio show.
For those who don't know me, I was raised as an Air Force brat in North Pole. Maybe it is the former wrestler in me, but when it comes to Alaska's future - and that of my family - I have a hard time sitting on the sidelines.
As Alaskans head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 19, they will be deciding the most pressing economic issue facing our state.
I'm voting "Yes" on Ballot Measure 1 to repeal SB 21, the so-called More Alaska Production Act. On Aug. 5, 2014, Alaska Dispatch News published an article by reporter Richard Mauer titled, "'Facts' are debatable in oil tax warfare.
Thanks to the 50,000 Alaskans who activated their constitutional right to petition for voter review of the SB21 oil tax deal, some useful facts are starting to emerge. Department of Revenue figures show there is less oil production under SB21.
It's hard not to miss the full page ads being run by BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon that suggest Ballot Measure One is not about Big Oil but our jobs, our families and our future. So let's go through these aspects one by one.
On Tuesday, Aug. 19, Alaska voters will act as legislators. Through Ballot Measure 1, Alaskans have the power to repeal the law currently governing Alaska's oil and gas production tax, known as Senate Bill 21.
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