It may be time for Alaskans to switch from short-term taking, in exchange for what may have longer-term value.
The politics of budgeting is not easy, nor was it designed to be so.
Significant additional responsible budget cuts are illusive. Depleting savings accounts is a selfish money grab from future generations.
The initiative would adversely affect every development decision on the North Slope.
Like much of the discussion marketing the initiative, it sounds good until examined in detail.
The Fair Share Act’s rhetoric does not match the data. This problematic accounting could make Alaska dangerously noncompetitive.
Dividends that go to the wealthy or to those who have not lost jobs could be better spent on helping the unemployed.
If one is aggrieved by the credits paid to the others, it is difficult to see what voting for the initiative does.
Joe Paskvan’s presented an accounting misperception. Paskvan stated that oil production taxes are negative. They are not.
Ray Metcalfe’s Nov. 5 opinion piece comparing ConocoPhillips’ Alaska profits with the rest of the world was seriously misleading.
As easy as it is to be cynical about laws that are the outcome of the legislative process, they could be much worse.
Alaska’s challenge is to address the hardship and disparity suffered amidst all the abundance.
It is perplexing to hear Gov. Dunleavy talk about the old dividend as the “statutory dividend.” It is not. By definition, the statutory dividend is what the Legislature says it is in a given year.
While this blow-up would not put the state out of business, it would compel hasty enactment of budget cuts or revenue measures
Spending more to receive less is not a sustainable business model for taxpayers. We tried the experiment of exceeding the norm and it failed.