Both sides are ratcheting up the rhetoric on oil taxes ahead of this week's expected vote in the Alaska Senate.
The Alaska House passed a $9.8 billion state operating budget Thursday, following hours of debate.
The Senate has passed legislation meant to help advance efforts to bring gas to parts of Interior Alaska.
A new version of a bill revamping the state’s oil production tax developed by the Senate Finance Committee in Juneau seems to hit the main targets of reducing the state tax on all oil to a range competitive with other producing regions, providing special incentives for new oil, and simplifying the tax, members of the committee say.
A collaborative effort between a Western Alaska fishing group and the State of Alaska is improving infrastructure and hopefully economic opportunity in the region.
A key Senate panel on Tuesday proposed a rewrite of the governor's oil tax overhaul that a consultant said would make Alaska more competitive for investment dollars but critics see as giving too much to oil companies.
JUNEAU — Legislators in Juneau are moving toward key decisions on changing the state’s oil and gas production taxes, the top priority for the 2013 legislative session aside from the budget.
JUNEAU (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is not trying to avoid cleaning up abandoned wells in the Alaska Arctic by having them declared historic preservation sites, an agency spokeswoman said March 5.
JUNEAU — The state House passed a land-permit reform bill sought by Gov. Sean Parnell last week, moved an important energy bill from the House Resources Committee to the Finance Committee last week, and held public hearings on the House version of the state operating budget.
JUNEAU — The Alaska House has passed a measure that critics say could hurt public participation in state permitting decisions.