Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 3:52 PM on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Doesn't pass the smell test

I have been asking different politicians around the state why on earth would the governor want to give $2 billion a year of the state's money to the oil companies with no strings attached, not even the Alaska hire clause in the bill. There must be a reason. I mean, it doesn't pass the smell test. Something is seriously wrong here. What could it be?

The answer I got was that if you deliver the state's billions of dollars to the oil companies now, then when you run against Sen. Mark Begich for his Senate seat, the oil companies will richly reward you with campaign contributions. It is a pay-to-play scheme that is good for you, but at a terrible cost for the state. What say you on this?

John Suter



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