After being criticized for rushing a bill into the special session this year that some considered ill-conceived, the Parnell administration is now seeking a consultant to advise it on oil taxes.
The Department of Revenue is soliciting proposals for a consultant to provide expert economic analysis. The consultant will be asked, among other things, to identify issues with the current oil and gas tax structure that might limit industry investment in the state and make recommendations for improving the existing system.
The budget for the work is estimated between $400,000 and $700,000.
Gov. Sean Parnell failed to get his tax-cut plans passed the Legislature during regular and special sessions this year and last. The proposal quickly put together before this year’s special session was criticized by lawmakers in both parties.
- Delegates passed a resolution asking the federal government to make climate impacts in rural villages eligible for disaster relief, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski told the convention, "Climate change is real."
- Haines’ newly elected officials will take their seats Tuesday night. The election results are set for certification at the beginning of the assembly meeting. It won’t mean much change in the makeup of the body.
- Owners of the dilapidated Bergmann Hotel say they are selling their downtown properties. The historic hotel was shut down in March after being condemned by the city over safety hazards.
- The remains of Kyle Stevens, 31, have been found. Missing after taking off from Russian Mission last week, Stevens’ body was recovered Friday in the Yukon River near the village. The crashed plane was found days earlier.