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.

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 (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.

The Weekly Top 3 for March 5, 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) why the Administration’s (and Senate’s) explanation for cutting the PFD is silly (at 1:09), (2) the merits of POMV (at 8:30), and (3) Alaska’s Congressional delegation & the #NationalDebt (at 16:40).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 for February 26, 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) the Administration’s newest plan for paying off oil tax credits (at 1:06), (2) whether taking half of the PFD is just step 1 of the Senate’s fiscal plan (at 9:24), and (3) state funding levels for the University (at 15:22).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 for February 19, 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 question why some supporters of PFD cuts have started dodging the phrase (at 1:22 into the podcast), discuss why, out of self protection, State retirees should consider becoming actively involved in reducing state spending (at 8:40) & the potentially significant impact of the FERC’s recent letter on the #AKLNG project (at 17:53).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 for February 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 discuss the big story about Alaska’s fiscal situation that the Alaska news media is missing, our response to a question raised in a recent ISER study & the Walker Administration’s new proposed solution to oil tax credits.

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.