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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.
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.
Alaska needs an end to the shutdown

Americans deserve better than government by prolonged temper tantrum. I understand that Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep.
Alaska's need to be front and center in national energy production

In October, our nation reached a little noticed but significant milestone: America's production of oil in America by Americans exceeded imports for the first time in nearly 20 years. If this trend continues as is projected, the U.S.
35th anniversary of TAPS, June 20, 2012

...way to get the oil to market, and oil production is a major jobs engine for the state. According to the University of Alaska's Institute of Social and Economic Research, oil production supports approximately 42,000 jobs direct jobs, 31...
APOC takes up soft money regulations

The Alaska Public Offices Commission took on the issue of soft money in political campaigns Monday by considering new rules forcing disclosure and sanctioning a soft money group that ran ads critical of Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer. The commission, Alaska's campaign finance watchdog agency, agreed to consider new rules requiring state political parties to divulge how they spend campaign contributions aimed at party-building expenses.
Education task force faces tight timeline

The Alaska Legislature failed in four months of closed-door battles to find a way to divide education money among schools so everyone would be happy.
Conference strays from agenda, takes look at income tax

The Conference of Alaskans, tasked with answering four questions regarding the Alaska Permanent Fund and the fiscal gap, strayed outside of the confines of its agenda Wednesday to explore taxes and other solutions.
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.
Can Alaska afford its frontier?

TAKOTNA - In a flat, piney river valley deep in the Interior, the village of Takotna is marked by a dozen or so houses, a shop, a tiny post office and a school. Intrepid gold miners ventured here decades ago. A small tribe of Athabascan Indians has hunted and fished the woods and river banks for generations.


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