By Becky Bohrer

Republicans call session a success

JUNEAU — Republican leaders hailed the just-ended legislative session as a success in which they accomplished some of their top priorities: addressing oil taxes and energy concerns and exercising fiscal restraint.

Minority Democrats, meanwhile, were much more somber in their assessment Monday. Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis called it the worst session in recent history for its long-term effect on Alaskans and the treasury.

Legislature passes oil tax overhaul

JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature, on the last scheduled day of session Sunday, passed a multibillion-dollar oil tax cut in the hopes it will lead to more production.

The 12-8 Senate vote came in spite of fears that the impacts of Senate Bill 21 aren’t well understood and will devastate Alaska’s budget.

“It just doesn’t add up, plain and simple,” Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, said.

Researchers leave Pebble mine review

 

 

JUNEAU — One researcher has withdrawn and another has been excused from participation in the upcoming review of studies released by the group behind a massive mine project in southwest Alaska.

Both David Montgomery's withdrawal and Daniel Schindler's dismissal came last month, just weeks before the start of what has been touted as an independent, objective look at the science put forth by the Pebble Limited Partnership.

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