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Brennan: Don’t sell ML&P to Chugach

By Tom Brennan | Selling ML&P to Chugach Electric is a bad idea. Anchorage’s Municipal Light and Power is a city-owned electric utility with substantial generating capability and a solid track record for customer satisfaction at a reasonable price. Chugach Electric Association is a member-owned cooperative effectively controlled by the IBEW, the International Brotherhood of […]

Brennan: Continue funding space station

By Tom Brennan | The Trump administration is considering defunding the International Space Station, which would be a big mistake. Former Astronaut Mark Kelly argued in a New York Times article this week that funding for the station should be continued beyond the 2024 limit of America’s current commitment. Kelly’s position is presumably based in […]

Brennan: Downside of Downtown Library

By Tom Brennan | Since being a party-pooper is part of a columnist’s job description, let me be among the first to say that opening a daycare center for the homeless in the guise of a branch library could be a terrible idea. The library supposedly is intended to help rejuvenate Anchorage’s city center. It […]

Brennan: Meeting a great challenge

By Tom Brennan ConocoPhillips is setting a new standard for being a good neighbor with its Putu 2 exploration well to be spudded next month just three miles across tundra plains from the North Slope village of Nuiqsut. The company is taking what are considered unprecedented mitigation measures for the well to make sure its […]

Brennan: Income tax a terrible idea

By Tom Brennan | If anyone thinks the state’s free-money program isn’t out of control, tell them to look at the idea being pushed by Governor Bill Walker and the Democrats to impose a state payroll tax. The tax would nominally guarantee that Alaskans will get their Permanent Fund dividend checks, the full amount, not […]

Brennan: Wasilla-Anchorage rail service

By Tom Brennan My first reaction to Gov. Bill Walker’s executive order on commuter rail service between Anchorage and Wasilla was skeptical to put it mildly. Oh boy, I thought, here comes another Knik Arm Crossing-type project. Throwing millions of dollars on something that won’t work. This is not Los Angeles or New York where […]

Brennan: Decision time in Juneau

By Tom Brennan | If you still have a hat, hang onto it. The Alaska Legislature opens its first session of the year a week from Tuesday. On January 16 everything goes on the table and this year you can be sure that a lot of things will be resolved that have been hanging over […]

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