July 22, 2014
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Tomorrow morning you can have your voice heard regarding the recent rate hike for ENSTAR Natural Gas Co. customers. On July 1st, all ENSTAR customers saw their natural gas bill increase by 48% - an average of nearly $40 per household! I encourage you to attend the public meeting held by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to discuss these dramatic changes. I will be there urging some common sense reforms on your behalf to protect ratepayers.
What: ENSTAR Natural Gas Co. Rate Increase Meeting
Who: Regulatory Commission of Alaska
When: Wednesday, July 23rd at 9:00am
Where: 701 W. 8th Ave., Suite 300
Dedicating the furbished Polar Little League Fields
Oil Tax Debate Tomorrow Night
On August 19, Alaska voters will be faced with a critical decision – whether to repeal a law that significantly reduces the share of Alaska’s oil wealth that flows to Alaskans. It is a weighty decision that will affect many aspects of our lives in Alaska – from the number of teachers in our schools to the frequency with which our streets our plowed. Some Republican lawmakers have already discussed raiding the Permanent Fund because of the massive deficits we are now facing.
Over the past year, I have expressed my opinion that Senate Bill 21 goes too far. It gives away too much of our wealth with no assurances that we will get anything in return, and oil production is expected to continue to plummet 45% over the next 10 years under SB 21. It gives some of the richest corporations in the world more money for doing what they are already doing, at a time when we face massive deficits. I believe it is a bad deal for the people of this state. But on August 19, YOU get to decide.
To learn more about this issue from those who both agree and disagree with me, please join me at a debate hosted by Alaska Common Ground tomorrow night.
When: Wednesday, July 23, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Wilda Marston Theater, Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St.
Who: Advocating for a vote “yes” to repeal Senate Bill 21:
· Senator Bill Wielechowski
· Gregg Erickson, an economist and consultant and the editor-at-large of the Alaska Budget Report
Advocating for a vote “no” to retain Senate Bill 21:
· Brad Keithley, the president of an oil and gas consulting company
· Roger Marks, a petroleum economist in private practice
Why: To present both sides of this issue, so you can make an informed decision on August 19th
I hope to see you there!
Representative Gruenberg and I presented Mary Jones with a citation for her tireless work in the community
Presenting Donna Kain with an Alaska flag for her father Eugene Zoller, a longtime Alaskan and 95 year-old WWII veteran
I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. Please always feel free to call me with your thoughts, concerns and ideas.
Alaska State Senator
District G - Anchorage