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Ballot Measure 1: Oil Tax Initiative

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Ballot Measure 1: Oil Tax Initiative

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If you missed the discussion of Ballot Measure 1, you can watch the recording here. Panelists bios and slides are below.

Panelists For:
  • Robin Brena is Chair of Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share and helped draft the initiative on the ballot in November as Ballot Measure 1. He is a long-time oil and gas attorney who served as the chairman of the Oil and Gas Subcommittee for the Walker administration transition team. 
  • Bill Wielechowski was first elected to the Alaska State Senate in 2006. He serves Northeast Anchorage and JBER. He is an attorney and has a degree in Finance. He served on the Senate Resources Committee for 10 years where he focused on energy and oil and gas issues. He has served as the Co-Chair of that committee, as well as serving as the former Co-Chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Joint Armed Services Committee. He is currently a member of the Senate Finance Committee.

Slides for Vote Yes

Panelists Against:
  • Aaron Schutt, President & CEO, Doyon Limited. Before joining Doyon in 2006, Schutt was an attorney at the Anchorage offices of national law firms Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson, LLP and Heller Ehrman, LLP, where he represented tribal and ANCSA corporation clients in transactional and business matters. He is Chair of the ANCSA Regional Association Board. Schutt slides
  • Roger Marks has been a petroleum economist in Alaska for more than 35 years. After more than two decades with the Alaska Department of Revenue, he started a consulting practice in which his clients have included oil companies and the Alaska Legislature. He currently has no financial ties to the oil industry. Marks Slides

  • Overview of Ballot Measure 1 will be provided by Ralph Townsend, Director of UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research
  • Townsend Ballot Measure 1 overview Slides
  • Moderated by Drew Cason, Director Of Government Affairs at Anchorage Home Builders Association

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This event cosponsored by the League of Women Voters, Anchorage, Anchorage Public Library and Youth Vote.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum and the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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10/06/2020 - 07:00 PM to
10/06/2020 - 09:00 PM


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