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Oil taxes to top agenda for next Legislature

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm •  Published: January 13, 2013

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Oil taxes once again figure to be the dominant issue facing lawmakers as they begin their work in Juneau on Tuesday.

But issues like education funding, energy and social concerns also are expected to be raised.

Gov. Sean Parnell plans to try to advance a new oil tax proposal, after failed in attempts to get a tax cut passed during the past two years. This time, the Republican governor will have Republican majorities in both the House and Senate.

The GOP seizing control of the Senate in last fall's elections from the bipartisan coalition that had ruled it for years. But the new Senate leaders have insisted, in the face of concern from critics, that they will deliberatively study the issue and won't merely rubber-stamp anything Parnell sends their way.


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