This just in
When newly announced Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott was asked by the Juneau Empire about his stance on Senate Bill 21, the measure to reform the Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share oil tax, a miserable bit of confiscatory legislation, he seemed perhaps a little flummoxed.
“It’s a process that seemed to be very flawed. At least many Alaskans don’t understand it. Many Alaskans believe that the balance favors the oil industry. It resulted immediately in a petition effort to overturn it and that is very problematic. The oil industry is hugely important every single day in Alaska and to our future. We as Alaskans need to be engaged fully with that industry in order to maximize both the revenue available to Alaskans … and to be able to, over time, attract their investment in our state. That’s a careful balance and we need to work toward that.”
Then, a day or so later, after vociferous Senate Bill 21 repeal supporter Hollis French jumped into the race as his possible Democratic running mate, the Anchorage Daily News reported:
“While broad on generalities, he did speak in some specifics when he spoke to reporters later. He said he was happy that Alaskans will have a chance to vote on repealing Senate Bill 21, the oil-tax cut pushed by Gov. Sean Parnell and backed by Republican-controlled Legislature, and would himself vote to restore the former tax regime.”
Getting on the same page did not take long. What a difference a day makes in the land of political flip-floppery.