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Commonwealth North Taking Action



Commonwealth North Taking Action
Happy Holiday's from Commonwealth North. We hope you can be involved in some of our exciting upcoming events and current Study and Action Groups.

Commonwealth North Legislator Meet and Greet Thursday, December 16, 12-1:30pm
Captain Cook Hotel Ballroom
FORUM: Members Free, Guests $30

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Commonwealth North invites you to participate in our annual Alaska State Legislator meet and greet. In one-on-one table conversation with legislators, discuss your goals and insights into the big issues facing Alaska. As we approach a new legislative session in January, Alaskans are facing a number of important issues. Our Alaska State Legislators are being asked to make important public policy decisions that will affect Alaskans for years to come on gas line issues, health care, fiscal policy and much more. This is not a campaign, political debate, or cross-examination. It is an opportunity to discuss key issues with fellow well-informed, thoughtful Alaskans.

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Commonwealth North December Membership Drive Click to EditCommonwealth North and Anchorage Opera (AO) have partnered to promote engagement in Alaska's public policy issues. With every new member referred by you, AO will provide you two complimentary tickets for a performance of La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini. These tickets are available to the first ten members who bring in a new standard member. Commonwealth North is a membership organization. Membership dues and individual participation are the primary support for the events, studies, and programs we present. With your help we can continue to educate more Alaskans on significant public policy issues affecting Alaska and its future, and further assist in their resolution. Your engagement empowers Commonwealth North to be the foremost public policy organization in Alaska. The membership comprises a cross section of Alaskan leaders representing a broad and diverse array of opinions and perspectives.

As a Member of Commonwealth North
· You work with others who share your concerns for the long-term vitality of Alaska.

· You help set the agenda for Alaska and its future.

· You enjoy the prestige of being a part of an organization known for leadership, balance, and vision.

· You hear important stimulating speakers on a wide range of topical issues at monthly member forums.

· You join the ranks of Alaskan leaders from all sectors; people who can and do make a difference.

· You will gain the knowledge of the policy issues affecting the state.

Become a Member of Commonwealth North: Click here to Register

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Alaska Oil Investment Tax Structure Study Click to EditThe Commonwealth North Board of Directors has implemented a new study on Oil Investment Tax Structure. On November 16, at the Commonwealth North Board of Directors meeting, the board had a spirited discussion on Alaska's economy and the role our tax structure plays in our economy, specifically concerning revenues and taxation of oil. It is the tradition of Commonwealth North to make studied responses and recommendations to Alaskans and Alaska's policy makers. Our goal is to have an acutely targeted study to address oil investment tax structure that will be able to provide insight to policy-makers prior by the beginning of the 2011 legislative session. The group will meet every Tuesday morning until February to receive briefings and presentations, and discuss the issue. Commonwealth North members are welcome to attend these meetings. The Charge: It is the responsibility of Alaskans to ensure the State establishes a fiscal and tax structure that does not inhibit growth. Commonwealth North will conduct a study to determine if and to what extent investment in Alaska's oil resources is conducive under the current oil tax structure and what action may be taken to establish tax policy, amend law, and reform regulations to re-incentivize investment and increase the competitiveness of Alaska relative to other oil basins.

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Commonwealth North In Action Action Coalitions provide continuity in support of recommendations from CWN studies. This program reaches the longer term goal of influencing public policy in addition to educating our members and the public.

Commonwealth North Energy Action Coalition
Click to EditCommonwealth North's Energy Action Coalition addresses Alaska's critical energy concerns. This Coalition is based on the findings in the 2010 Commonwealth North study "Energy for a Sustainable Alaska: The Railbelt Predicament" and is chaired by Mary Ann Pease and Arden Page. This Action Coalition identifies the critical components of Alaska's energy needs and develops policy guidelines and recommendations that provide the baseline for Legislative testimony and CWN's advocacy position going forward. The intent of this group is pro-active policy discussion with an action plan to develop and communicate our direction and findings.

Upcoming Energy Meetings
· December 10 (12-1pm, ENSTAR) Brad Keithley - Alaska's Enterprise Model Discussion

· December 17 (12-1pm, ANGDA) Larry Persily - Post Open Season Update

• January 14 (12-1pm, ANGDA) Hannah Gustafson - REAP

Commonwealth North Health Care Action Coalition
Click to EditCommonwealth North's Heath Care Action Coalition addresses Alaska's critical health needs. This Coalition is based on the findings in the 2005 Commonwealth North study entitled "Alaska Primary Health Care: Opportunities and Challenges" and is chaired by Duane Heyman and Tom Nighswander. This group meets monthly to track the activities and issues affecting major Health Care policy in Alaska. They keep the CWN Board apprised of new developments and the need for additional studies, recommendations, or other involvement by CWN to support the implementation of good public policy.

Upcoming Health Care Meetings
• January 13 (7-9am ANTHC) Alaska House and Senate Health & Social Services Committee Chairs Representative Keller and Senator Davis
· February (7-9am ANTHC) TBA

• March 17 (7-9am ANTHC) Jeff Davis - How Health Care Reform is Affecting Insurance

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