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My Turn: Consider the facts before voting

...of Labor and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. From 2004 to 2013, the North Slope oil and gas industry employment increased 71.9 percent, or 5,900 additional workers. From 2007 to 2011, under ACES, spending increased...
My Turn: Oil tax bill earned its demise

Gov. Sean Parnell's proposal for new taxes on the oil industry is not good legislation. Neither he nor his administration did a good job of selling this to the public. The governor's proposal attempts to undo 2007's Alaska Clear and Equitable Share, which has a base net profits tax of 25 percent and a progressivity factor of 0.4 (starting at $30 per barrel of net profit or when the West Coast spot price reaches about $56 per barrel). The proposal intends to reward the oil industry for exploration, development and production.
Oil industry's ad campaign centers on new hires

...Prices in the last year have since steadied at more than $70 a barrel. Skeptical legislators point to record oil and gas industry employment in the state during 2008 and in 2009. Department of Labor statistics show industry employment peaking at...


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