Aug. 12, 2014 - Public debate on Alaska Ballot Measure 1: 'Alaskans should vote to repeal SB 21.'

by Michelle Saport  |   

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 5:30-7 p.m. Bear Tooth Theatrepub (1230 W. 27th Ave.)

The UAA Seawolf Debate Program, in partnership with Alaska Dispatch News, presents a public debate on Alaska Ballot Measure 1: "Alaskans should vote to repeal SB 21."

Given the centrality of the oil industry to Alaska's economy, there is no more important economic question facing Alaska voters this fall than whether to repeal the newly implemented tax regime passed into law by the Alaska Legislature this spring. The decision by the state legislature to scrap ACES and replace it with the Make Alaska Productive (MAP) Act, also known as SB 21, was very controversial, sparking accusations of a $2 billion "giveaway" by the legislature and a successful effort to have the plan reconsidered in a public referendum. MAP supporters claim that the plan is crucial to encouraging further oil development and securing Alaska's fiscal future.

Watch both sides debate the issue as they tackle the motion, "Alaskans should vote to repeal SB 21." Supporting the motion will be Chancey Croft, former Alaska Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate; and Bill Wielechowski, State Senator. Opposing the motion will be Mark Hamilton, President Emeritus of the University of Alaska; and Doug Smith, CEO of Little Red Services.

Ticket information: Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub box office or online, http://beartooththeatre.net/movies/a-public-debate-on-alaska-ballot-measure-1. Proceeds from the event will support the UAA Seawolf Debate Program.

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