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Letter: Urge ‘no’ vote on oil tax bill

SB 21, which gives a huge tax break to the oil companies, was just passed by the Senate on a very small margin of 11-9. It will now go to the House, who I pray will use better judgment and remember who they are supposed to be supporting. The oil companies, as you know, are enjoying huge profits and at the same time are gouging us at the pumps. The bill contains NO guarantees that they will increase exploration and/or production. It is clearly a giveaway to the oil companies with no benefit to Alaskans. 

Please contact your representatives and encourage them to vote NO on this bill. I for one will be monitoring the debate/vote on this bill and will not support anyone who speaks or votes in favor of this measure.

— Jim R. McMichael

Anchorage