Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau
The Senate Resources Committee took three weeks to put together its version of an oil tax bill. And in explaining and justifying the decisions that went into that plan – Fairbanks Democrat Joe Paskvan summarized the notes, studies and reports he had assembled on a very complex issue.
The Parnell administration had rather have No Bill than a Bad Bill.
After nineteen hearings, getting input from oil companies, consultants and the Parnell administration, the Senate Resources committee proposed changing the state’s current tax structure – making concessions to the oil industry that were less than what the governor proposed last year.
Friction continues in the Capitol surrounding those “action alerts” – emailed messages inviting people to give their opinions on the Senate’s oil tax bill that’s being written this week. The governor, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and Chamber of Commerce all announced the teleconference hearings to encourage participation by their members and supporters.
Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti on Wednesday took the opportunity of his final address to the legislature to ask lawmakers to consider some alternatives to the judicial systems that have developed in the state. He referred to a new concept – called Smart Justice – that considers the possible result of every action taken by the justice system.
The Senate today began hearings on improvements and expansion of the ports and harbors around the state.
The Senate Education Committee is ready to pass a bill expanding the number of Pre-Kindergarten programs in local schools across the state.
New estimates show there could be a lot more oil and gas on the North Slope than previously identified. Friday, the US Geological Survey released the results of its recent assessment of shale oil and gas resources focusing on North Slope conditions and data.
The Senate Education Committee Friday approved a plan to reimburse local school districts what they pay to transport students between home and school.