Senator Berta Gardner

July 1, 2014

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You may have received a fairy tale from BP, Conoco Phillips and Exxon.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The "No on 1" folks have been circulating a big, fat...well, let's just keep this discussion civil and call it a fairy tale.

Here it is.

No no on 1

Here's the truth, which, unlike the "No on 1" fairy tale, comes complete with evidence.

Less Oil -- the last three official projections from the Parnell Administration, including the most recent projection, which was done after SB 21 passed, all show huge declines in future oil production.¹  Strike one for "No on 1."

Less State Revenue -- lower oil taxes means less state revenue.  After all, that's why the oil industry wanted ACES gone, because it taxed more.  And the proof is readily available.  Again, using the Parnell administration's own numbers, less funding will be available for roads, ports, and, yes, schools in future years.²  Strike two.

Less Funds Available for Education -- with less oil, and less state revenue, education is going to suffer.  Just look forward two years -- education is flat funded, meaning with normal cost increases, there is less available for classroom education.³  Strike three for the fairy tale.

Fairy tales are what you tell your children to put them to sleep.  They shouldn't be used to make state policy.  Get the facts.  Cast an informed vote.

And by the way, who paid for that fairy tale?  It says so right on their mailer. "Top contributors are BP, Anchorage, Alaska, ConocoPhillips, Anchorage, Alaska, and ExxonMobil, Anchorage, Alaska.”

I’m Berta and I’m still listening,

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office

signed: Berta

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