3-18-18 Historical Day For Alaska Tax History – CANADIAN PIPELINE SHOWDOWN!

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A. fair share of oil taxation is whatever the majority of politicians need to keep their constituents “whole” and “happy”.

It was that way in the early days of Prudhoe Bay until the creator of Alaska’s Permanent Fund (Governor Jay Hammond) and a non partisan legislative consensus brought peace and predictability to oil taxation lasting for the next two decades.  See the link below for an audio/video link. 

P.S.  The real answer, in our opinion, should be: a stable, non discriminatory oil tax regime that equally bears — along with other taxpayers — the just and reasonable cost of prudently and sustainably balancing the government’s budget.    (We would hasten to add that though the historical oil tax policy established below was stable, it was still not free of discrimination, imprudence and ultimate restructuring after the two decades of relative predictability) -dh


  1. Ed March 20, 2018 at 6:57 am - Reply

    Keep in mind the difference between a politician and a felon……..a felon has a parole officer.

    • wpnorthern March 20, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

      I understand the sentiment, Ed. But there are some noble ones. I do think, however, that there are too few of them and that even when they stand on principle they are out voted, out traded, intimidated with committee demotion or otherwise minimalized. That could be one explanation why the U.S. and our two states are slipping more and more to the left. The water is beginning to boil around the frog but even the strong ones don’t want to give up the security of the little warm pond in the pot. -dh

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Dave Harbour, publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, is a former Chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, a Commissioner Emeritus of NARUC, NARUC's Official Representative to IOGCC and Vice Chairman of NARUC's Gas Committee. He served as Gas Committee Chairman of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners. He also served as commissioner of the Anchorage Bicentennial Commission and the Anchorage Heritage Land Bank Commission.He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree: English, at Colorado State University, a Master of Science Degree: Communications-Journalism at Murray State University and graduated from Utility Regulatory School for Commissioners at Michigan State University. He served as a Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Alaska Pacific University, taught bank marketing classes at the University of Alaska and was an English teacher at Los Alamos High School.Harbour served in ranks of Private - Captain during a 4-year assignment with the Army in Korea, Idaho, Georgia and Fort Meade and received the Meritorious Service Medal among other commendations.Harbour is also a past Chairman of the Alaska Council on Economic Education, the Alaska Oil & Gas Association Government Affairs Committee, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Export Council of Alaska and the Department of Commerce's District Export Council. He is a past President of the Alaska Press Club, American Bald Eagle Foundation, Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska and Common Sense for Alaska.Harbour was instrumental in founding the American Bald Eagle Research Institute (UAS), the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, the Downtown Anchorage Business Partnership, and Arctic Power.He also served as CEO of several small Alaska organizations, including the Anchorage Parking Authority and Action Security, Inc. Harbour is also Chairman Emeritus of the Alaska Oil & Gas Congress.Harbour's wife, Nancy, is a professional, performing arts administrator and his three boys, Todd, Benjamin and William work in the fields of environmental management, energy marketing and medicine.