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Anchorage Chamber Announces 2012 Legislative Priorities

Feedback from membership directs annual advocacy plan

Anchorage - In a recent advocacy survey, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce members were asked to share their opinions on what critical issues affecting their businesses should be addressed in 2012. The Legislative Committee reviewed their responses and drafted their 2012 Legislative Priorities based on their top four concerns.  The Anchorage Chamber board of directors approved these priorities on Jan. 6.

The Anchorage Chamber is proud to announce its 2012 Legislative Priorities and looks forward to advocating these priorities during upcoming State Legislative Session as well as during any upcoming Federal public testimony.

1)      Increase Oil Production:  Recognizing that the TransAlaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is operating at less than one-third of its peak capacity, the Anchorage Chamber is committed to ensuring an economic climate that supports responsible resource development projects. 

2)      Ensure energy security in Anchorage and Southcentral:  Anchorage is at the center of the State's commerce. Access to a low-cost, stable energy supply is critical to supporting Anchorage's business community.

3)      Update and Build New Infrastructure:  Anchorage has the potential to be a true international city and a modern gateway to the Pacific and the Arctic, but new and updated infrastructure is critical.

4)      Ensure Fiscally Responsible Budget and Stable Tax Policy:  Although fiscally Alaska is performing better than other states, the State is still funded roughly 90 percent from oil revenues.  The time it takes most resource development projects to implement production is ten or more years.  Currently, there are very few projects in development that will increase throughput in TAPS.  Before any infrastructure project or policy change can be supported, the State budget must be carefully considered. 

"Our members have told us their concerns and we are working now more than ever to enhance a successful business climate for them, and for Anchorage," said Sami Glascott, Anchorage Chamber president.

Bob Heinrich, vice president of finance for ConocoPhillips Alaska and co-chair of the Anchorage Chamber's Legislative Committee, will give brief details on each priority at today's "Make it Monday" forum, held at noon at the Dena'ina Center.

The Anchorage Chamber will educate its membership on the above priorities during its upcoming "Priority 2012" Monday Forum series. Visit Anchoragechamber.org for a calendar of of these events.

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, member-driven business organization with nearly 1,100 members representing 63,000 employees.  More information about the Anchorage Chamber's legislative priorities and the Anchorage Chamber Legislative Committee is available at Anchoragechamber.org or by calling (907) 272-2401.

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