Category Archives: The Michael Dukes Show

This week (April 11, 2017) on The Michael Dukes Show …

Each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM700‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. This week Michael and I discuss why the House passage of HB 111 (the oil tax bill) is the right thing to do at the moment, and why Sen. Natasha Von Imhof’s recent piece in the ADN defending the Senate’s version of a fiscal solution (“Better a temporary deficit than an income tax,” goo.gl/pkjOAL) is wrong.

We have started publishing our weekly discussions both on YouTube and Soundcloud. Listen at the widget above for this week’s show on YouTube.  For those interested, our YouTube page is here.

Listen here for this week’s show on Soundcloud. For past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

Our discussion on fiscal policy (and a few other things) on KFAR’s “Problem Corner” …

Last Monday (April 3, 2017) I joined host David Pruhs on Fairbanks radio station KFAR 660 AM‘s regular program “Problem Corner.”

We were on an hour, and after opening with what had brought me to Fairbanks and a bit of my background (“how long have you been in Alaska and what brought you here”), we launched right in to a discussion of Alaska’s fiscal situation, my views on what the solution should be and why maintaining the PFD at 50% of earnings as originally envisioned by Governor Hammond is a critically important piece of that.

A YouTube version of the discussion is at the link above.  For those who prefer listening on SoundCloud, a link to the discussion on that format is here.

Chris Story & I discuss an income tax …

Yesterday, Chris Story invited me to join him on his Homer-based “Alaska Matters Radio” program to discuss the proposal by some (including his home town State Representative, Paul Seaton) to institute an Alaska state income tax.  Chris’ interest was triggered by a recent piece I did on our Medium blog:  Reason № 3 behind why the Alaska economy is in a recession and potentially, about to get worse …“.

On our way to that topic we also managed to work in a discussion about the current status of the Alaska economy, the effect on that of the PFD cut made last year by Governor Walker and proposed to be made permanent by the Governor and others in the legislature, former Governor Jay Hammond’s approach to the use of earnings from the Permanent Fund and my recent meeting with Governor Walker to discuss my approach to addressing Alaska’s current fiscal situation.  A podcast of the discussion is available above or here.

This week (April 4, 2017) on The Michael Dukes Show …

Each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM700‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. This week Michael and I discuss why I would be a no vote on the Alaska Senate Majority’s proposed Operating Budget, their claim and others that they “already” have reduced state spending by “44%,” why Nat Herz has it right in a recent ADN piece (“With 2 weeks left in session, Alaska House and Senate look as deadlocked as Day 1“), and what that means on where the #AKLeg goes from here. The clip starts at my segment.

Listen here or at the widget below for this week’s show. For past episodes, go here.

This week (March 28, 2017) on The Michael Dukes Show …

Each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM700‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. This week Michael and I discuss (1) taxes (PFD cuts), taxes (income taxes), and taxes (oil taxes), but where are the budget cuts, (2) what role having the #AKleg in Juneau is playing in this, and (3) too briefly (this week, but more to come next), why some #AKleg are really irritating. The clip starts at my segment.

Listen here or at the widget below for this week’s show. For past episodes, go here.

This week (March 21, 2017) on The Michael Dukes Show …

Each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM700‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. This week Michael and I discuss what the #AKleg end game is starting to look like, what is going on with oil taxes and why I am running radio ads on the proposed #PFDcut. The clip starts at my segment.

Listen here or at the widget below for this week’s show. For past episodes, go here.

This week on the radio …

radio05As regular readers know each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM700‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. This week Michael and I discuss SB 26, the Senate’s proposal to permanently cut the PFD in half, oil producer Repsol’s announcement last Friday that they believe they have discovered the biggest US onshore oil field in the last 30 years right here in Alaska, and what the latter topic means for the former. The clip below starts at my segment.

Toward the end of that segment House Minority Leader Charisse Millett called in to discuss the problems the Minority is facing in pursuing additional budget cuts (in order to avoid or limit the amount of “new revenue” required to be raised through PFD cuts and/or taxes).  Her conversation continued with Michael into the next segment, which is available here.

And then today (Friday) I joined KFQD’s The Mark Colavecchio Show to discuss why the Senate passed SB 26, what it means to the Alaska economy and the gradual meltdown going on in the House.  Again, the clip starts at my segment.

The segments from the two shows are below. For past episodes of my discussions with Michael Dukes and a previous one also with Mark Colavecchio, go here.

This week (March 7, 2017) on The Michael Dukes Show …

Each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM700‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. This week Michael and I discuss the House budget, fiscal and oil tax bills, the various fiscal bills pending before Senate Finance and whether the Alaska Senate Majority is living up to its claim to be “fiscally conservative.” The clip starts at my segment.

Listen here or at the widget below for this week’s show. For past episodes, go here.

An hour on the #AKbudget with Michael Dukes (a special, “Fiscal Friday” edition) …

As regular readers know, each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM700‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues.

This week, however, I also joined Michael a second time on a special, “Fiscal Friday” edition of the show.  Michael and I spent the hour working through the various budget proposals currently pending in the House and Senate, their effect on the overall Alaska economy and which legislators are living up to their self-styled claim to be fiscal conservatives and which aren’t (for example, did you know that in an on the record roll call vote Thursday in the Senate State Affairs Committee Senators Cathy Giessel and John Coghill voted with Democrat Senator Dennis Egan and over the objection of Senators Mike Dunleavy and David Wilson to advance the Governor’s PFD-cutting fiscal plan).

The clip starts at my segment. Listen here or at the widget below for the discussion. For past episodes of my discussions with Michael Dukes, go here.

 

This week (Feb 28, 2017) on The Michael Dukes Show …

Each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM700‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. This week Michael and I discuss a commentary by long-time Alaska economist Gregg Erickson on the issue the legislature is missing in the current budget debate (“Focus on Alaska budget misses the point,” goo.gl/El859M), and why the Senate’s latest proposed solution (SB 70) not only misses that same issue but doesn’t even do what its sponsors claim it does. The clip starts at my segment.

Listen here or at the widget below for this week’s show. For past episodes, go here.