With some ballots yet to be counted, a referendum to repeal Gov. Sean Parnell’s signature oil tax law is trailing by nearly 7,000 votes.
With three months to go before the primary election, groups with a stake in the oil tax referendum are ramping up their campaigns.
Scott Jepsen with ConocoPhillips Alaska says the oil tax cut approved by lawmakers last year improved the business climate in the state.
Unusual circumstances and odd timing could knock all but one of the citizen measures to the November general election, if the Legislature gavels out late.
Exxon and Chevron have made major contributions to a campaign that wants to preserve a controversial oil tax law that passed this year, according to recent filings with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
It’s official: A controversial tax cut on oil companies will be put to a vote. “Vote Yes — Repeal the Giveaway” has met all of the legal requirements to get on the ballot.
Supporters of a referendum to repeal the state’s new oil tax turned in more than 51,000 signatures on Saturday to the Division of Elections Anchorage office.
With the signature booklets hot off the printers, opponents of a controversial tax cut for oil companies should be able to start gathering support for their referendum Tuesday.