Alaska just celebrated its 50th year as a State. The people that wrote the Alaska Constitution believed that the resources of the state belonged to all the people, that lived here. Quite a concept then. Still a good idea now.
When the oil money began rolling in republicans like
governor Jay Hammond thought that a Permanent Fund should be established to
give every citizen of the state some of that wealth. We still get, every fall a
dividend from the Permanent Fund.
Interior sectary under nixon, and twice Alaska governor Wally Hickle not
only fought for the Permanent Fund but used to call Alaska an Owner State,
meaning the people owned the resources.
Fast forward to today. We now have t bag regressives
controlling our state, and the number one priority of our ceo and religious
leader, s.p. 2.0 is giving one of the wealthiest corporations on the planet
Conoco Phillips Billions of state
tax dollars in tax relief.
No worry about
public safety, pot holes, honest elections, naw that stuff don’t matter.
p 2.0 couldn’t
get this tax break through the legislature during the regular session so he
called them back for a special session
at something like 30 large a day.
The state senate
sorta stood up for the people of
Alaska. Some were ok with a tax break as long as the oil company
produced some oil. They were himming and hawing around when as if by Devine
sp 2.0 withdrew his
bill for tax relief for wealthy corporations.
legislative session was ended, and the legislature sent home.
struggles along making record profits.
Not everyone in
Alaska has a flush toilet.
Not everyone in
Alaska has reasonable access to law enforcement.
Will the governor try again to give the wealthiest corporation on the planet a tax break at the expense of all Alaskans?
Or will the next election give us more senators with brains?