Debate on Repeal of SB 21 (Oil and Gas Production Tax), March 29

by Michelle Saport  |   

Saturday, March 29, 1-3 p.m. Allied Health Sciences Building, Room 106

Alaska Policy Frontiers, Professor William Iggiagruk Hensley's graduate class in Business and Public Policy, will host a debate on the repeal of oil and gas tax legislation passed under SB 21 during the 28th Legislature. This bill repealed Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) oil tax legislation passed during Sarah Palin's governorship. Subsequently, enough signatures were gathered to place the issue on the August 2014 ballot for Alaskans to have their say.

Brad Keithley will argue against the repeal initiative and for the retention of SB 21. Stephen Haycox, Ph.D., will present the pro-repealer position that would eliminate the new law. Steve Johnson will moderate the debate.

Brad Keithley is president of Keithley Consulting, an Alaska-based oil and gas consultancy. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, formerly a partner with Perkins, Coie (and before that Jones, Day), specializing in oil, gas and fiscal law and policy. Stephen Haycox is a distinguished professor emeritus at UAA, where he has taught history for 40 years. He has received many honors as a historian and has written a history of Alaska titled Alaska: An American Colony and Frigid Embrace, an investigation of the conflict between economic development and environmental protection in Alaska.

This event is free and open to the public. More information about SB 21 is available on the Alaska State Legislature website.

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