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Letter: Why Alaskans hate Big Oil

Posted: July 31, 2014 - 12:12am

We hate the royalties they pay the Permanent Fund.

We hate the Dividend checks we get every year from the oil-funded Permanent Fund.

We hate the tax they pay to fund 90 percent of the State of Alaska general fund.

We hate the thousands of direct and indirect jobs they bring to us.

We hate the millions they donate every year to Alaska-based charities.

We hate the scholarships they give our kids.

If you want to see Big Oil stop doing these things for Alaska, vote “yes” on Ballot Measure 1.

If you want Big Oil to do more of these things, vote “no.”

I encourage you to vote on Aug. 19. I’ll be voting “no.”

Michael Jesperson


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Mathew  Mulligan
Mathew Mulligan 07/31/14 - 07:05 am
SB 21

Your laundry list, except the hate part, was true before SB 21 was passed. Bringing back ACES will restore Alaskans fair share of OUR resources. If there is one industry that doesn't need a tax break it's Big Oil- just Google oil executive compensation. Many of them make more in a month than the average Alaskan makes in a lifetime.

Jim Erickson
Jim Erickson 07/31/14 - 07:56 am
Not at all - no hate involved

It's just that Alaskan's pay the highest price in the nation for fuel for our homes, cars and boats.
At the same time, we see the national average of fuel prices much lower than what the producer state is charged for that same fuel - this I do hate.
Not only that, with all due respect to big oil, this resource belongs to the people.

Janice Murphy
Janice Murphy 07/31/14 - 08:53 am
I disagree

I'm voting yes!!!!
And I guarantee you "Big Oil" will not stop anything that it is doing now. Former Governor Jay Hammond was so astute when he did what he did concerning oil revenue and I continue to thank him to this day. Things regarding this issue have been going quite well for us thank you until you know who decided to try to fix what doesn't need fixin' and we also know why they did it. ACES was the way to go.

Haily George
Haily George 07/31/14 - 10:44 am
Tax breaks don't create jobs,

Tax breaks don't create jobs, workers do.
If we want to create jobs then give your employees a raise.
Jobs are created from the bottom up not from the top down.

Tax cuts have helped the 1% but they have not helped this country. Our country has record low Corporate tax rates!! Where are all the jobs?
I don't see why anyone thinks these tax cuts will help Alaskans.
Oil companies want a foothold in our state, they are not going anywhere. Tax the hell out of them. They don't pay near enough.

Vote Yes and REJECT SB 21 the giveaway

I would support tax cuts for green energy but not fossil fuels. Fossil fuels belong in the ground

James Coleman
James Coleman 07/31/14 - 12:42 pm
Careful what you wish for

There are plenty of other sources for the oil companies to get their oil. Look around at other states with high taxes...Toyota is leaving California for Texas, Boeing is shifting more production to South Carolina, even major sporting events like boxing are going to Macau as opposed to Vegas. If you want to "go after" an industry, try focusing some attention on the large pharmaceuticals.

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