Tag Archives: Alaska

The Weekly Top 3 (7.15.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of July 15, 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 each week on Tuesday’s show, from 6:20-7am, for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week our Top 3 are these: 1) HB 2001, the House Finance Committee’s hot off the presses troubling proposal to go down the same road again as we’ve just finished (at 1:45); 2) our concerns with rumors of a PFD “compromise” – it can’t just be the PFD (20:30); and 3) by delaying the inevitable, the University’s Board of Regents is making the situation worse (37:56).

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 (7.8.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of July 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 each week on Tuesday’s show, from 6:20-7am, for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week our Top 3 are these: 1) where are the Governor and legislature likely to be by this time next week (at 1:45); 2) we discuss the huge inconsistency in the economic arguments some are making — they are concerned about state jobs, except when they have to help pay for them, then they aren’t (11:42); and 3) we explain why we believe a discussion last week between Sens. Shower & Kiehl previews the next phase of the fiscal debate (28:54).

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

The Weekly Top 3 (7.1.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of July 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 each week on Tuesday’s show, from 6:20-7am, for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week our Top 3 are these: 1) the Governor’s vetoes and how they play out from here (at 1:37); 2) we need to be honest with ourselves, someone is going to be taxed; we need to be talking about who (19:10); and 3) the @UA_System needs to start thinking ahead, after it fails to land its Hail Mary (35:16).

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 (6.24.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of June 24, 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 each week on Tuesday’s show, from 6:20-7am, for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week’s podcast is a bit of a wild one. Before turning to the Top 3, we start with a discussion of the Legislative “leadership’s” decision to reject the Governor’s call for the special session to be held in Wasilla — an issue that arose Monday (at 1:55).

Once we exhaust that topic we then turn to these: 1) vetoes are coming, but they will still leave a deficit; we discuss who will pay the taxes necessary to cover those (15:32); 2) we discuss the fake news Alaska public media spread last week about the PFD (21:45), and 3) we explain why the University is failing to respond to fiscal reality (29:00).

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 (6.17.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of June 17, 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 each week on Tuesday’s show, from 6:20-7am, for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week our Top 3 are these: 1) as we sit in a (brief) eye of the state’s fiscal hurricane — what’s coming next (at 1:50), 2) at the end of this someone is going to pay taxes – the only question is who (20:25), and 3) what we should know as we head toward the next federal fiscal crisis (26:35).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 (6.10.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of June 10, 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 weekly on Tuesday’s show, from 6:20-7am, for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week our Top 3 are these: 1) our thoughts on where we go from here on the #AKbudget (a 60-day budget to give the #akleg time to finish their job) (at 3:47); 2) why the Congressional tool of “Continuing Resolutions” has become relevant to the #AKbudget (13:13), and 3) our thoughts on the so-called “PFD Working Group” (21:17). In addition, we take a few minutes to discuss the legal issue swirling around education funding (27:05).

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.

The Weekly Top 3 (6.3.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of June 3, 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 weekly on Tuesday’s show, from 6:20-7am, for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week our Top 3 are these: 1) our thoughts on SB 1002, the Senate’s new PFD bill (at 1:48); 2) we discuss the downright, “let them eat cake” attitude many Senate R’s are taking about paying a full PFD (18:15); and 3) the latest, significantly downward movements in oil prices (23:40).

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

The Weekly Top 3 (5.27.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of May 27, 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 weekly on Tuesday’s show, from 6:20-7am, for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week our Top 3 turned into 4: 1) why the #akleg’s current efforts to change the PFD is just spinning its wheels (at 2:04), 2) we believe the Governor SHOULD be calling out individual legislators (16:24), 3) a substantial transfer from the earnings reserve account to the Permanent Fund corpus is fiscally irresponsible (25:08), and 4) some positive news from the oil & gas patch (31:00).

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 (5.20.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of May 20, 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 weekly on Tuesday’s show, 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) is the #akleg likely to approve a full PFD, and if so, where do things go from there (at 1:55), 2) how deep should vetoes go this year – “glide path” or “rip off the band aid” (19:55), and 3) yes, the state has other fiscal reserves, but should they be spent now (27:20).

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 (5.13.2019)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of May 13, 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 weekly on Tuesday’s show, 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) what is happening with the Conference Committee on the budget and where we are headed after it finishes its work (at 1:49), 2) a News-Miner op-ed editorializes on courage, yet shows none itself (22:52), and 3) we discuss a Rasmuson Board op-ed in the Anchorage Daily News which argues that the state needs more time to deal with budget cuts, even though it has had since 2013 to prepare (27:37).

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.