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Brennan: Walker threatens to kill ‘puppies’

By Tom Brennan Right now Alaska seems to be up the creek with not much in the way of a paddle. Though Gov. Bill Walker cut $800 million from the state’s monstrous $4 billion budget deficit, the Legislature and Gov. Bill Walker are still in a Mexican standoff while the state’s credit rating seems sliding […]

Brennan: Things that bug me

By Tom Brennan A column is for airing beefs so here are a few of mine. I don’t doubt that global warming is a reality or that human activities are at least a partial cause, perhaps a major one. But the news media never mention that the planet has been in a warming cycle off […]

Brennan: State line wouldn’t have tax-happy partner

By Tom Brennan The notion of a state-owed gas pipeline conjures visions of an 800-mile-long grain elevator sitting financially high and dry, too expensive to ship gas at a price the market will accept. That is a very real and realistic worry. State governments generally don’t do those things well — and the state’s record […]

Brennan: Walker stiffs state creditors

By Tom Brennan The news media’s references to Gov. Bill Walker’s moves on the oil tax credit obligation as “tax credit reform” are disingenuous. That’s a fancy word meaning bullpucky. Reform would mean changing the law to limit or modify its use in the future. What Walker did was stiff the state’s industry creditors on […]

Brennan: Walker’s pipeline scheme

By Tom Brennan | Having the state take over ownership of the gas pipeline project would be a terrible idea. The last thing in the world such a project needs is government ownership and direction. One very likely outcome of having the state take such a role would be to discourage involvement by the North […]

Brennan: Union firestorm looms

By Tom Brennan Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s change in oil-spill contractors for Prince William Sound comes at a bad time. Alyeska is ending its long-time contract with union maritime company Crowley Marine of Florida and signing up with nonunion company Edison Chouest based in Louisiana. The contract is for oil spill response and tanker escort […]

Brennan: Good days ahead

By Tom Brennan | Alaska’s glory days as an oil-boom state may be over but, as we like to say at my house, the good old days are just ahead. Many members of the public are wondering whether they should bail out and put their houses up for sale or just pull the covers over […]

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