This all started with this Tweet:
We the citizens of North Dakota must say “NO” to tax breaks or increased incentives to oil companies until… fb.me/Dm8DpKaK
Here’s what that address opened up:
Yesterday at 11:09am near Bismarck, ND ·
· We the citizens of North Dakota must say “NO” to tax breaks or increased incentives to oil companies until community impacts properly managed and mitigated. First things first. Our elected leaders need to address revenue needs to manage growth problems associated with unleashed oil an gas development in North Dakota. Housing, infrastructure, roads, waste management, health delivery services, stress on every aspect of government services at the local and state level are being stretched beyond there capabilities. One week into this legislative session is not the time to be thinking of tax breaks or increased incentives for oil development. What is needed is more leadership as demonstrated by our Democratic-NPL leaders in developing strategies and programs to help communities face unprecedented impacts unlike we have ever seen in North Dakota http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/exemption-for-oil-wells-costing-state-million-a-year/article_b0a6ebd6-63f3-11e2-8d88-0019bb2963f4.html
The Bismarck newspaper article is about the oil industry – the same one that Governor Parnell wants to woo with a couple of Billion Dollars. They want to get an extra $50-million from North Dakota.
North Dakota is the big, bad wolf that I’ve been hearing about for a couple of years. The state that stole our oil industry. Meanwhile, the North Dakota legislature is considering on one side that oily tart’s demands that they lower their taxes so she can buy more frilly things. On the other hand, the family back home wants some infrastructure to take care of the new residents and their cars and kids – those oil field workers whose families actually want fresh water in their homes.
We’ve been there, North Dakota. Good Luck.
Meanwhile, my question: Does it profit Alaska to get into a fight with North Dakota and see which one of us can cut our taxes the most – or is it better to take care of the home folks – the ones we brought to the dance, and let the oil company live with it.
These tweets and stories show that the oil industry will threaten no matter how much we offer them,