The Weekly Top 3 (4.8.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of April 8, 2019.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular weekly segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 6-8am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 6:20-7am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week our Top 3 issues are these: 1) the House Finance Committee’s proposed budget and things to watch as it moves to the floor (at 1:38), 2) why both SJR6, the Governor’s proposed spending cap, and the Senate Finance Committee’s version of the same, are ineffective as written, and what changes are needed as a result (23:36), and 3) our thoughts on the Senate Finance Committee’s proposed PFD bill (30:43).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 (4.1.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of April 1, 2019.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular weekly segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 6-8am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 6:20-7am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week our Top 3 issues are these: 1) why some in the #akleg keep pressing for PFDcuts even when other options are better, for the overall Alaska economy and Alaska families (at 1:46), 2) the concerns we have about raising oil taxes (at 21:27), and 3) why think changes are needed to SJR 6, the Governor’s proposed spending cap. We ran out of time before discussing the third issue on the show, and will bring it back next week.

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.

The Weekly Top 3 (3.25.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of March 25, 2019.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular weekly segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 6-8am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 6:20-7am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we only covered the first two of our Top 3 before running out of time: 1) the false choice the Alaska House Majority is pushing between spending cuts and PFD cuts — there are other options that are better for most Alaskans which the House steadfastly is refusing to discuss (at 2:14); and 2) Governor Mike Dunleavy’s 10-yr outlook — its the most important analysis we have seen in the seven years since the start of the state’s fiscal crisis (at 22:10). We will pick up the third — whether The Buckeye Institute (discussed in the 10-year plan) intends to provide the same type of look at the distributional impact of various options on Alaskans the Institute for Taxation & Economic Policy did in 2017 — on a subsequent podcast.

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.

The Weekly Top 3 (3.18.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of March 18, 2019.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular weekly segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 6-8am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 6:20-7am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we start with a brief discussion of the controversy surrounding the treatment of the Governor’s proposed budget earlier this week in a House Finance Education Subcommittee hearing (at 2:05). Then we turn to our Top 3: 1) an update of our 10-yr outlook to reflect the Administration’s Spring Revenue Forecast — red ink for as far as the eye can see (6:45); 2) if we have to go there, why a #FlatTax is better than PFD cuts from the perspective of the avereage Alaska family (22:57), and 3) we discuss what is driving the growing federal deficit (43:27). We also include a summary of our first two points that Michael asked us to do at the beginning of the second hour of the Show (37:32 – 43:27).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 (3.11.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of March 11, 2019.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular weekly segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 6-8am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from, now 6:20-7am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week our Top 3 issues are these: 1) the hypocrisy of Win Gruening (and many others in Alaska’s Top 20%) (at 1:38), 2) why last week’s SFIN ISER hearing was hugely misleading (9:59), and 3) Tax Policy 101: “It’s all about the bas(e)” (22:12).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 (3.4.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of March 4, 2019.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular weekly segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 6-8am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from, now 6:20-7am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week our Top 3 issues are these: 1) we walk through a spreadsheet that explains why Governor Mike Dunleavy is doing what he’s doing on the budget (at 2:26), 2) we discuss why we believe a #FlatTax is better than PFD cuts & other options (20:01), and 3) before we go too far down the road of making changes, let’s reflect on what SB21 — the state’s 2013 oil tax reform — has accomplished (28:34).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 (2.25.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of February 25, 2019.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from, now 6:20-7am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website  weekdays from 6-8am.

This week the first two of our Top 3 are focused on the big things missing so far from this year’s budget discussion: 1) a 10-year outlook, which is critical to enabling us to understand the longer term concerns facing us and the options available to us (at 1:53), and 2) a discussion of ALL new revenue options and how they would affect various Alaskans, not just PFD cuts (13:33). The third of our Top 3 is our concern about the growing inconsistency of some around the Senate Finance table (26:58).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 (2.18.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of February 18, 2019.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from, now 6:20-7am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website  weekdays from 6-8am.

This week our Top 3 are these: 1) our initial take on Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget (at 1:45), 2) once the smoke clears, what we think the ultimate answer is to the state’s fiscal situation (12:24), and 3) no, oil producers aren’t receiving “$1.9B in unnecessary subsidies” as some legislators claim (27:34).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 (2.11.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of February 11, 2019.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from, now 6:20-7am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website  weekdays from 6-8am.

This week our Top 3 are these: 1) our view of what to expect from Governor Dunleavy’s budget and, as importantly, where the #akleg goes from there (at 1:40), 2) why cuts to the University budget are inevitable and completely reasonable (11:02), and 3) the question isn’t if there’s an economic impact from the upcoming budget, but who takes it (23:59).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 (2.4.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of February 4, 2019.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from, now 6:20-7am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website  weekdays from 6-8am.

This week our Top 3 are these: 1) Governor Dunleavy’s proposed Constitutional Amendments need some work (at 2:04), 2) a Twitter exchange reveals a critical disconnect in the PFD debate (17:00), and 3) what Governor Dunleavy’s proposed Supplemental Budget rollback tells us about the coming budget battles (24:18).

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.