Oil taxes to be major issue in session

Nov 18, 2012 -- 12:50pm


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Republicans are looking to capitalize on their newfound control of the Alaska Legislature, taking on oil taxes and raising social issues dear to more conservative members. This month's elections helped dismantle the bipartisan coalition that's ruled the Senate since 2007, and resulted in Republicans controlling both legislative chambers and holding the governor's office for the first time since 2006. Gov. Sean Parnell says he was pleased with the results. He says GOP gains, particularly on the Senate side, show "Alaskans are concerned about the economy, and wanted to change some of the direction there." Not immediately clear is who will take the lead on oil taxes. Parnell's spokeswoman says it's too early to say whether Parnell will submit a bill of his own, or leave that to lawmakers. 

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