Oct. 24, 2012
To the editor:
A few years ago, when oil prices were lower and state revenue tanked, we had a big discussion whether to pilfer the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend or introduce a statewide sales taxes to balance Alaska’s budget.
Now that Alaska’s coffers have the unexpected and possibly short-lived luck of high crude oil prices, Gov. Parnell is proposing to squander that good fortune by giving away $2 billion per year to the oil industry (without asking anything in return). The Republican majority in the State House caved in to that sweetheart deal for the oil industry. It is only because of the bipartisan coalition in the Senate and the moral strength of senators like Joe Thomas and Joe Paskvan that the giveaway could be averted during the last legislative session.
Isn’t it time to realize that Alaska has to save for the future so that we don’t have to tighten our belt and jeopardize the PFD in years to come?
So vote for Paskvan and Thomas in the upcoming election so that each of us — child, woman or man — is not forced to give $3,000 per year to the oil industry. As a thank you, in the years to come, Parnell could get once more a juicy oil-lobbyist paycheck. Of course, no conflict of interest at all.