Governor's office releases records regarding veto

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

JUNEAU - Records requested by a Republican challenger to Gov. Sean Parnell shed no new light on Parnell's decision to veto a change to Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of records requested by Bill Walker.

Parnell vetoed the bill before a major natural gas pipeline project began seeking shipping commitments. The bill barely passed the Legislature.

Some lawmakers argued the state stood to lose potentially $2 billion or more once gas started flowing unless there was a change. Parnell characterized a change as an unacceptable tax increase on energy companies.

The records largely involve wording of a veto news release and letters to legislative leaders and constituents.

Some records were redacted or withheld for reasons including executive or attorney-client privilege.

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