TAPS Public Comment Taken, Industry in Favor of ACES Reform

The Special Senate Committee on TAPS Throughput took two hours of public comment yesterday.

 

Industry representatives say there was “overwhelming support” for the governor’s proposals for ACES reform.

 

Those in favor included representatives from organized labor, the trucking industry and mining.

 

Aves Thompson, executive director of the Alaska Trucking Association, reportedly told the committee that while he wasn’t “a tax expert, I know something needs to be fixed.”

 

Deantha Crockett, executive director of the Alaska Miners Association, added her support, saying: “A healthy oil industry is good for a healthy mining industry,” and that Alaska’s tax structure “discourages doing business here.”

 

Testimony continued into the evening from Seward, Ketchikan, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Delta Junction, Dillingham, Glennallen and Juneau.

 

Senator Peter Micciche of Soldotna Co-Chaired the committee and told us earlier that the priority was state security.

 

Sen. Micciche(R-Soldotna): “We are going to be looking at the operational issues that limit increasing production in the pipeline system. Obviously, key to stabilizing our revenue stream into the state, pays about 92% of everything we do.”

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