Forum On the Oil Tax Referendum

Taxes from oil production pay for a hefty chunk of Alaska’s state government. Last year the Legislature narrowly passed Senate Bill 21, which offers tax cuts to encourage more drilling in the wake of declining oil production statewide. On August 19, voters will have the chance to repeal those cuts. Alaska Common Ground brings panelists from both sides of the debate to hash out the details of the oil tax referendum on the table.

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System couriers oil from the North Slope to Valdez, Alaska. Photo by USGS/Wikimedia Commons.

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  • Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, Alaska State Legislature
  • Gregg Erickson, economist, Erickson and Associates
  • Brad Keithley, consultant, Keithley Consulting
  • Roger Marks, petroleum economist
  • Gunnar Knapp, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research, MODERATOR

BROADCAST ON KSKA: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

REPEAT BROADCAST: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

RECORDED: July 23, 2014, at the Wilda Marston Theatre

HOST: Alaska Common Ground


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