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Alaska activist pushing for referendum on oil taxes

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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013 12:43 pm

JUNEAU, Alaska - A former legislator and political activist is pushing for a referendum on the oil tax overhaul that just passed the Alaska Legislature.

Ray Metcalfe says he hopes to submit an application to the Division of Elections in the next few days. If the application were certified, the referendum committee would have 90 days from adjournment to gather the necessary signatures.

The odds are long: just three referendums have been successfully proposed and appeared on the ballot in Alaska. Two of those passed.

Metcalfe says there's "more than a little outrage" over the Legislature passaging SB21. The bill would cut taxes for oil companies with the expectation it will lead to more production. Critics say it's too big a gamble with no guarantee of what Alaska will get in return.

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