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I would suggest a different headline for Gregg Erickson's My Turn on May 15. Instead of "The governor's troubling choice," the headline should read, "Erickson's troubling logic."
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To compare a bribe of $500 per year to forgo voting on hot-button issues such as abortion to granting the oil companies a certain level of taxation if they build a gas line is a real stretch.
There are many jurisdictions that offer long-term consistent levels of taxation, such as putting a cap on mill rates on real property to encourage business development.
I am personally undecided on what inducements to offer the oil companies, but there is no question that the governor is working honestly toward an effective and equitable solution.