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Alaska gov: No plans at this time for gas tax bill

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he's not planning to introduce gas-tax legislation at this time.

Parnell, in his 2012 State of the State address, set out benchmarks for progress on a major gas pipeline project. He said if those were met, the 2013 Legislature could take up gas tax legislation designed to advance the project.

They were met, and in his 2013 speech, he laid out new benchmarks, all but one of which was met. Parnell said he was under no obligation to pursue gas tax legislation this year, given the missed benchmark.

On Tuesday, he said he would propose legislation for the upcoming session if he saw "demonstrable progress" on a line.

He says it's a question of timing and what's required to maintain Alaska's interest in a project.