Do you worry about losing local sales tax exemptions? Property taxes going up? Cuts in local services and facilities? School funding cuts resulting in higher class sizes? You are right to be worried about all this and more.
The Alaska Legislature and Governor Parnell approved SB 21, which cuts revenue we receive from our oil resources. This legislation will cost all of us billions of dollars. These dollars support state government: public safety, wildlife management, ferries, road maintenance, libraries, museums, Pioneers’ Homes and other senior services, day care assistance, Permanent Fund dividends and so much more. These also are the dollars that get passed on to local governments to support schools and other local services.
The billions of dollars lost to Alaskans from SB 21 will add to the profits of the richest, most profitable industry in the world. Why would our legislature and governor allow this to happen? To answer this, you need only go back to 2006 and the infamous raid on legislative offices by the FBI and the subsequently released recordings revealing our elected officials toadying up to industry lobbyists and accepting petty bribes and gifts in a similar attempt to cut taxes. Nothing has changed. Without the votes of legislators who were and are on the payroll of the industry (and no doubt hope to be in the future), and the approval of ConocoPhillips own governor, Sean Parnell, SB 21, cutting taxes on the industry, would never have passed.
On August 19, please vote “yes” on Proposition 1 to repeal SB 21. If you want to vote before August 19, you may vote absentee at either the eighth floor atrium in the State Office Building or in the Mendenhall Mall Annex at the far north end of the mall.
We need to let our elected officials know we are mad as hell and we’re not going to take it any more.