July 15, 2016
It is a disgrace that the uber powerful Senate Finance committee chose to hold meetings in Anchorage, July 13th, away from the cameras of Gavel Alaska, in its multimillion dollar LIO/Taj MaHawker. The frosting on the cake is its work product: an unintelligible public recording that is, at best, garbled/incompetent; and, at worst, scrambled/deliberate. Neither scenario is good.
It has been said all that was missing from the bad old days was the presence of oil lobbyists passing notes to the lawmakers on how to vote. Alaskans deserve much better.
Garbled audio, as posted, from the Legislative website: Senate Finance July 13, 2016
Courtesy from LeadDog, clear audio, now working with most devices, is provided below:
July 13, 2016, 1:30pm, Senate Finance
Discussion: SB5005, HB5005, Short Title, Tax; Credits; Payments; Interest; Lease; Oil & Gas
Senator Anna MacKinnon, Co-chair. In attendance; MacKinnon represents District G (Fort Rich/Eagle River/Chugach).
Senator Pete Kelly, Co-chair. In attendance; Kelly represents District A (Fairbanks/Wainwright).
Senator Donny Olson. In attendance; Olson represents District T (Bering Straits/ Yukon Delta/ Arctic).
Senator Mike Dunleavy. In attendance; Dunleavy represents District E (Richardson Hwy/East Mat-su/Rural Mat-Su).
Senator Lyman Hoffman. In attendance; Hoffman represents District S (Bristol Bay/Aleutians/Kuskokwim).
Senator Clark (Click) Bishop. Not even in attendance, called in by phone; Bishop represents District C (Chena Ridge/Airport/Eilson/Denali/Upper Yukon/Border Region).
Senator Pete Miccichi. Not even in attendance, call in by phone; Miccichi represents District O (Kenai/Soldotna).
Important note: State subject matter experts made available to the Senate Committee included, from the Department of Revenue: Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck, Master Auditor Jenny Rogers, and Director of Tax Division Ken Alper.
© Senate Finance; Arrogance Unlimited, July 15, 2016