ConocoPhillips employees steer $2 Billion dollar Alaska oil tax cut bill through Legislature
But who in Alaskan government is choosing the winners and losers?
Republican Gov. Sean Parnel used to work for "Conoco as director of government relations"
and from Alaska Dispatch
Legislative leaders who support a tax cut on oil companies doing business in Alaska have appointed industry-friendly committee chairs and then sent the bill through those committees, resulting in ConocoPhillips vice presidents appearing before legislative committees chaired by ConocoPhillips employees.
As it turned out, ConocoPhillips employees serving as legislators agreed with the ConocoPhillips vice presidents that taxes on oil production need to be curtailed.
ConocoPhillips is the single largest oil producer in the state of Alaska.
Micciche is ConocoPhillips superintendent
First, Senate Bill 21 went to the Senate's Special Committee on TAPS Throughput. That committee was chaired during the bill's consideration by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna. He is an employee of ConocoPhillips, working as superintendent of ConocoPhillips' Kenai LNG facility. His salary last year was between $100,000 and $200,000. Micciche has a co-chair, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, but Micciche decided to personally handle the bill debate.
Next, Senate Bill 21 went to the Senate Resources Committee, chaired by Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage. Giessel is married to Richard S. Giessel, who manages R&M Consulting's Construction Services business. The company touts its petroleum ties on the firm’s website, starting with construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline and continuing with recent work on various gas pipeline proposals.
Cathy Giessel's financial disclosure forms show Richard Giessel was paid between $200,000 and $500,000 last year.
Third, the bill went to the Senate Finance Committee led by Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, during the bill hearings. Meyer works for ConocoPhillips and takes a leave of absence during the legislative session.
well there aren't many other types of jobs available up in alaska so what would you expect, the truth you left out is state revenues under the Palin tax had gone down by 50% because of the reduced amount of drilling and the pipeline is at such low volumes it is almost not workable. the tax under the Palin initiative reached a high of 80% how would you like your paycheck to have 80% held out?