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Group argues need for tax changes

Associated Press Published: September 18, 2012
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles says lawmakers shouldn't come home from Juneau next year without changing the state's oil tax structure.

Knowles is with the Make Alaska Competitive Coalition, a group that includes businesses, organizations and individuals seeking changes to Alaska's oil tax regime as part of an effort to boost oil production.

The group held a news conference in Anchorage on Tuesday, in which members discussed the group's plans to be involved in this year's elections. The group says its campaign will be "aimed at motivating Alaskans to demand answers from political candidates" about how they will address declining oil production.

Members say the group isn't advocating a specific tax plan.

A spokesman says the group is running ads and set a fundraising goal of between $300,000 and $500,000.