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URGENT: Testify Monday to Make Alaska Competitive!


March 16, 2012

The Senate Finance Committee will take public testimony on Senate Bill 192 Monday, March 19, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. AND 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The following letter was sent to the Senate Finance Committee yesterday and provides additional information and perspectives that may prove helpful to your own testimony.

It’s time to speak up to take control of our future.

You can help make the case that Alaska is not competitive when it comes to attracting the billions of dollars we need to increase oil production. CSSB 192 currently does NOT provide the meaningful changes needed to improve Alaska’s competitiveness, investment climate or oil production.

Yesterday, the Make Alaska Competitive Coalition submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee urging them to add more meaningful changes to CSSB 192. This committee has the power to make these changes, and they will be hearing public testimony on this issue next week. With your help, Alaska can achieve meaningful tax reform this session.

           Public Testimony – Monday, March 19, 2012
           9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – and – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Three ways to participate:

  1. Testify in-person at your local Legislative Information Office ( click here for locations)
  2. Testify in-person in Juneau (Room 532)
  3. Write to the co-chairs of Senate Finance Committee:

You can also watch and listen to public testimony live online at www.AKlegislature.tv (for observation only).

It’s critical that we regain our competitive edge by making Alaska a more attractive place to invest. Please take advantage of this rare opportunity to testify and make a difference.

Talking Points

Public testimony is limited to two minutes per person. Below are some talking points that may help you prepare your own personal testimony. We also encourage you to visit www.makealaskacompetitive.com for more background information on this issue.

  • CSSB 192 needs significant changes before it moves out of Senate Finance.
  • Committee consultants have testified that CSSB 192 encourages a "harvest regime" and "inhibits the development of new projects and resources."
  • CSSB 192 will not improve Alaska’s competitive ranking in the global market.
  • Passing legislation that does nothing to improve Alaska’s competitiveness is a waste of time.
  • Without meaningful tax reform, Alaska will not attract the investments needed to stem the decline in oil production.
  • Essential state services – and our economy – depend on oil revenues. Keeping oil production healthy is critical to Alaska’s economic future.

Even if you already testified on this issue before the Senate Resources Committee, it is critical that the Senate Finance Committee hear your comments and concerns directly.

Thank you for considering speaking out on Monday.

Join MACC now!

Become a supporter today. Together we can work to support a healthy economy.


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