The Weekly Top 3 (5.14.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of May 14, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

Typically we devote these segments to the top 3 things on our mind as we make the turn from the prior week to the one head. This week, however, we take time out to focus on “The Five Most Fiscally Irresponsible Votes This Past #AKLeg Session.” We start with No. 1 on the list, HB 331, the Oil Credit Bond bill, or as we put it, the Oil Credit Bailout bill, and work our way on down the list.

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

Our Mission Statement for the 2018 Election Cycle

AK4SB Endorsements 2018 Election Cycle (as of 1.14.2018)

We have been working on a number of pieces of our Independent Expenditure effort as we prepare for the coming election cycle. For those interested, here is the current draft of our mission statement.

Alaska is in a recession.

The ISER analysis of the state’s current fiscal situation has been crystal clear throughout that cutting the PFD adds to that.  According to that analysis, cutting the PFD has the “largest adverse impact on the economy” (both on jobs and income) and is “by far the costliest measure for Alaska families” of all the various “new revenue” options. 

Those are the direct quotes:  “largest” and “costliest.” 

There are no contrary analyses; none. There hasn’t even been a substantive rebuttal of the point.

Yet, despite the fact that the state is already in a recession, that is the fiscal policy that, to varying degrees, the Governor, Senate and House all have pursued.

There are some beneficiaries of that policy.  Some parts of the economy tied closely to government spending levels have been maintained, and the Top 20% of Alaskans by income have dodged paying a significant share of the resulting costs.

But those have come at the disproportionate expense of the Remaining 80% of Alaskans and, even more importantly, at the cost of imposing a larger adverse impact on the overall economy and Alaska families.

Put simply, the Governor, Senate & House have prioritized the government sector over the overall economy, and the Top 20% of Alaskans over the Remaining 80%.

They have made the overall Alaska economy and the economic position of most Alaskans worse.

In our view that creates a need for significant change this coming election. We intend to play a role in bringing that about.

The Weekly Top 3 (5.7.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of May 7, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we focus on (1)the HB 331 shell game. Seems good for current Alaskans, but very bad for future Alaskans (at 3:40); (2)the SB 26 conference committee proposal. In our view, if passed the conference committee proposal effectively spells the end of the PFD (at 26:15); and (3)BP signs a gas sales deal with AGDC. A small ray of sunshine for Alaska in an otherwise bleak week (at 38:49).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (4.30.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of April 30, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we focus on (1) a very interesting new look by Ed King at King Economics Group at the legislature’s proposed POMV draw rates (at 2:57), (2) a look at at the effect of HB 331, the proposal to issue bonds to fund accelerating the payment of the outstanding oil credit balances, on future Alaskans (at 26:25), and (3) some questions we have for our Congressional delegation about what they are doing to deal with the rapidly growing #NationalDebt (at 41:15).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (4.23.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of April 23, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we focus on (1) our analysis of how Alaska legislators are dodging personal responsibility for a proportionate share of the costs of government spending (at 3:19), (2) a question that is arising during the discussion of oil tax credit bonds: Why are at least some Alaska House R’s supporting a proposal that will make Alaska’s future spending problems even worse (at 27:13), and (3) a look at what’s going on with oil prices, and is the recent rise sustainable (48:21).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (4.16.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of April 16, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we focus on (1) the continuing effort by some in the #AKLeg to enact a permanent PFD cut this session (at 2:54), (2) the effort to kick #OilTaxCredits further down the road through bonding (at 26:08), and (3) since its federal tax week, the US budget situation (at 40:13).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (4.9.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of April 9, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we focus on (1) The battle over PFD cuts (at 3:25), (2) what it will take to really reduce spending (at 22:33), and (3) oil taxes (& credits) (at 35:59).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (4.2.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of April 2, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

This week and for the foreseeable future we will be doing The Weekly Top 3 as a segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. Instead of doing this as a monologue, I will be joining Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we focus on (1) the budget & the PFD (at 2:05), (2) oil tax credits & bonds (it’s more complicated than you think) (at 25:19), and (3) why we should take #AKLNG seriously (at 39:40). At the end of the show we also talk a bit about this year’s upcoming elections (at 43:05).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (3.26.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of March 26, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

This week and for the foreseeable future we will be doing The Weekly Top 3 as a segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. Instead of doing this as a monologue, I will be joining Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we focus on (1) Monday’s House vote to restore the full PFD (at 2:25), (2) the #AKSen‘s so-called “spending cap” (at 13:50), and (3) what’s driving oil prices (>$70 as we did the show) (at 37:25).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (3.19.2018)

Welcome to the March 19, 2018 edition of The Weekly Top 3, our weekly podcast covering the top 3 things on our mind as we look ahead to the upcoming week.

This week and for the foreseeable future we will be doing The Weekly Top 3 as a segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. Instead of doing this as a monologue, I will be joining Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we focus on (1) the dynamics at work as the state budget works through the #AKLeg (at 3:00), (2) who the Alaska Senate is really protecting by making PFD cuts (at 13:45), and (3) the surprising, potential impact on #AKLNG of the Trump Administration’s tariffs (at 25:35).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 for March 12, 2018

WELCOME to this week’s edition of The Weekly Top 3, our quick, 15 minute-ish review of the three biggest issues on which we are focusing as we pivot from the prior week to the one upcoming.

This week we focus on (1) Constitutionalizing the PFD (at 1:35); (2) the worth of the Senate’s proposed statutory spending limit (at 11:36); and (3) surprisingly, why a US/China trade war may be good for #AKLNG (at 15:54).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.