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NEWS: Senate Democrats to Governor: Take Oil Taxes Off Negotiating Table

For Immediate Release: February 5th, 2014

Senate Democrats to Governor: Take Oil Taxes Off Negotiating Table

         JUNEAU – Today four members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, Senators French, Ellis, Gardner, and Wielechowski, asked Governor Parnell to remove oil taxes from the ongoing discussion and negotiation on gasline provisions. 

         “The legislature is beginning to look at the economics of gasline terms.  These already include proposals for significant changes in how the state deals with its royalty oil, production taxes and municipal property taxes. We are asking the Governor to assure Alaskans that oil taxes will not be part of this discussion,” stated Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage).

         In past negotiations for a gas pipeline, oil tax concessions became part of the discussion in a proposed binding agreement for a gasline.  Given the long debate on oil taxes the past few years, and an impending ballot measure that allows for the Alaskan voters to reverse the current system, members of the Senate Democratic Caucus feel the Alaskan public should be alerted to the potential inclusion of oil taxes in a gas pipeline negotiation. 

         “Our letter gives the Governor an opportunity to communicate clearly with Alaskan’s on this critical question.  Oil taxes should not be part of a gasline discussion, period,” said Senator French.

         To view the letter to Governor Parnell, click here:

         http://alaskasenatedems.com/docs/020514_letter-to-Governor-Parnell.pdf

         For more information, please call Myer Hutchinson at (907) 465-5319 or myer.hutchinson@akleg.gov.

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