Monthly Archives: May 2016

Rick Halford & Brad Keithley on protecting the PFD …

Talk of Alaska (5.24.2016)

Click here for a link to the program.

Earlier this week, former State Senate President Rick Halford and Keithley Consulting President Brad Keithley appeared on Alaska Public Media’s “Talk of Alaska” to discuss why the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) should not be changed or “replumbed” as has been proposed this session by the Walker Administration.

Their joint appearance carries with it a significant amount of irony.

Following Walker’s 2014 election as Governor, Halford was selected to serve as Co-Chair of the Walker-Mallott Transition Team based on his deep understanding of and connections throughout the state, and Keithley was selected as the opening speaker at the first meeting of the full transition team following the election.  Keithley’s role was to outline the economic situation that Alaska faced and potential ways for dealing with it.

The irony is that each bases his opposition to the Administration’s “replumbing” proposal on the very reasons they were chosen to be part of the transition effort.

Halford believes that a PFD cut will have a deep, adverse and unjustified effect on the people of the state, and Keithley believes not only that it is unnecessary in the face of ongoing developments in oil markets, but also has the worst adverse impact on the overall Alaska economy of any of the fiscal options currently under consideration.

The website for this edition of Talk of Alaska is here.  A podcast of the discussion is available by clicking on the small speaker icon half way down the page.

This week (May 24, 2016) on The Michael Dukes Show …

Each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM750‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. This week we discuss the issues ahead in the #AKLeg special session and how Alaskans should be thinking about the oil tax debate.  I join Michael at 14:45 into the segment.

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This week (May 17, 2016) on The Michael Dukes Show …

Each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM750‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. As we head into the final two days of the regular session, this week we discuss where the #AKleg is headed on the #AKbudget and the steps finally being taken by the University of Alaska to bring its budget under control.  I join Michael at 18:55 into the segment.

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This week (May 10, 2016) on The Michael Dukes Show …

Each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM750‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. This week we discuss how the Walker Administration is using the wrong oil prices to analyze its fiscal policies & why that is leading to #PFD cuts & taxes.  I join Michael at 14:55 into the segment.

Listen here or at the widget below and for past episodes, go here.

This week (May 3, 2016) on The Michael Dukes Show …

Each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM750‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. This week we discuss how to resolve the oil tax credit issue that confronts the #AKLeg, and calls by some so-called “conservatives” (but really just another group of those proposing to push the costs of past mistakes to Alaskans a different way) to cut the #PFD.  I join Michael at 14:50 into the segment.

Listen here or at the widget below and for past episodes, go here.