Governor candidate Q & A: Oil and gas tax

October 23, 2010 

The Anchorage Daily News asked candidates in statewide elections their views on a variety of issues. We're posting their responses between now and Election Day. See each candidate's full list of answers by clicking on their mug shot in the right column.

Question: Taxation on oil and gas production in Alaska is:

• Generally higher than it should be

• About right

• Generally lower than it should be

• Other


Ethan Berkowitz


Generally higher than it should be.

Our current oil tax system, ACES, fails to provide fiscal certainty for industry and fiscal stability to the state. We have had declining investment, declining production, and job loss.

Sean Parnell


Generally higher than it should be.

We need to cut taxes to make Alaska more competitive and create more jobs. I've proposed capping progressivity at higher oil prices and tax credits for technically challenged fields. My opponent, on the other hand, proposes a risky royalty scheme where the state would renegotiate every royalty in every lease. My opponent's approach would kill Alaska jobs.

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William "Billy" S. Toien



Each field needs to be assessed separately. But it is very important that the board that determines these rates be confirmed by the legislature (i.e. not cronies directly appointed by the Governor without legislative approval).

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