Give oil revenue to rural Alaska

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2008

On a recent evening, I was listening to an Anchorage legislator expounding on why the state of Alaska cannot go on sharing so much state revenue with the smaller, more rural communities.

"We just cannot afford it,"he said.

I wonder if the venerable Anchorage legislator realizes that the oil is produced in "rural" Alaska. Maybe we should revamp the system to give the oil revenue to the rural Alaska that produces it and see if we can then afford to share it with urban areas.

George B. Cole


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