He does not have the votes and that’s not going to change no matter how many times he calls legislators back to the Capitol.
This isn’t a matter of misreading the signs, it’s about only seeing the signs of the next election.
Though the beliefs are sincere, they inappropriately elevate the dividend to an exalted status.
If that’s too much, then don’t fly. That’s what my dad would have said.
Alaska’s current state of affairs isn’t a plan, it’s a dream, punctuated by fits of panic and luck.
Lawmakers spend far too much time introducing bills that will never get a hearing — and probably shouldn’t.
The reality is the state is unlikely to ever make any money on the leases. It’s politics, it’s the changing world, it’s economics.
The battle plan hasn’t changed much in 50 years: Make local spontaneity look genuine.
Campaigning on a fat PFD without the cash to back it up is like writing a bad check: Worthless, even though it appears real.
We could keep hoping. Or we could accept the reality that Alaska North Slope gas cannot overcome market economics.
The corporation’s plan assumes that an economic analysis currently underway determines the project is economically viable.
Alaskans should think of lower oil prices as a long-term financial albatross around our state budget neck.
Rather than propose a meaningful new revenue source, the governor deals the cards for gambling.
Legislators have floated different revenue solutions and been vilified in social media. But at least they tried.
Though China’s commitment to buy a lot more U.S. oil, liquefied natural gas and coal over the next two years supplied political headlines, analysts generally dismissed the numbers.