Can’t decide on Ballot Measure 1? Listen to this debate on Alaska’s oil tax future

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline runs alongside the Dalton Highway near the Toolik Field Station on June 9, 2017, in the North Slope Borough. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

This week on Addressing Alaskans we’re hearing a debate about Ballot Measure 1, the North Slope oil production tax increase initiative. Proponents say that oil companies need to pay their fair share, while those in opposition say increasing taxes would cost Alaska jobs.

This event was presented by Alaska Common Ground.


  • Robin Brena: Chair, Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share
  • Bill Wielechowski: Alaska State Senator


  • Aaron Schutt: President/CEO Doyon Limited
  • Roger Marks: Petroleum economist

Drew Cason, Director Of Government Affairs at Anchorage Home Builders Association

BROADCAST: Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 via Zoom by Alaska Common Ground.


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Ammon Swenson is Alaska Public Media’s Audio Media Content Producer. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from UAA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and integrated media. He’s previously worked for KRUA radio, the Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light.

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