For Immediate Release: April 17th, 2014
Senators Oppose Rabinow and Washington Confirmations
JUNEAU – Today Senators Hollis French (D-Anchorage), Senator Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage), Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage), and Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) released statements on the confirmations of Mr. Richard Rabinow, former President of ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board and Mr. Bernie Washington, former employee of ARCO Alaska, to the State Assessment and Review Board.
On the confirmation of Richard Rabinow to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board:
“There are plenty of qualified Alaskans who would and could serve on the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board. Our policy should be Alaskans first, period,” said Senator Gardner.
“Mr. Rabinow is not only a resident of another state, but he also worked for more than 30 years for the Exxon Corporation, with whom we will be negotiating on the Alaska National Gas project. How will Alaskans know whose interests he will represent – Exxon’s or ours? Alaskans deserve gasline negotiators in whom they can put their full faith,” stated Senator Wielechowski.
“Alaskans should serve on the AGDC board, not Texans,” said Senator Johnny Ellis.
On the confirmation of Bernie Washington to the State Assessment and Review Board:
“The Governor has replaced one of the most experienced assessors in Alaska with a former oil industry employee who specialized in lowering property tax liability to a board charged with fairly assessing infrastructure for property tax purposes. We are elected to represent Alaska, not the oil industry, and I think this appointment fails that litmus test,” stated Senator French.
“It is wholly inappropriate to allow someone who has argued against Alaskans and for the oil industry to serve on a board that sets the tax rate on oil industry property. This is a classic example of appointing the fox to guard the hen house,” said Senator Wielechowski.
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