Democratic Senator Challenges Parnell on Oil Taxes

A Democratic state senator is challenging Gov. Sean Parnell to a debate on Alaska's oil tax structure.


by Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Democratic state senator is challenging Gov. Sean Parnell to a debate on Alaska's oil tax structure.

That is Sen. Bill Wielechowski's response to a tweet from Parnell's Twitter feed on Saturday. The tweet said that "extreme" Democratic legislators say Parnell's oil tax proposal goes too far, while the Alaska Oil and Gas Association says it doesn't go far enough. The tweet said that lends credibility to the argument that the proposal is fair.

Wielechowski said the bill is bad public policy, and amounts to a giveaway with "no strings attached." He then asked the governor to debate him on the issue, on statewide radio and TV.

Parnell's spokeswoman said Tuesday that Parnell looks forward to the public vetting process of his proposal.

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Barbara Pack said on Sunday, Jan 27 at 12:39 PM

ConocoPhillips By The Numbers: Earns $1.8 Billion Profit, Gets $600 Million In Annual Tax Breaks in 2012. NOTE the WORD PROFIT = after debts have all been paid, and yet they want more breaks??? More Profits??? Greed has succumbed the minds of too many who control the politicians. I say, "Give Alaskans a much larger percentage of your profits and we'll give you a larger tax break!" There is no reason why the State of Alaska cannot run it's own oil drill ing operations. Most Companies like BP and Conoco and others sub out most of the work anyway. NO to TAX Breaks! YES to AK State Owned Oil DRILLING!

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