What You Can Do About SB21
The Republican-dominated Senate just voted to give Alaska’s future away. So, what are you going to do now?
Disneyland? Wrong answer.
The savings that Alaska has accrued from it’s oil tax revenue will now go straight into the pockets of the most profitable corporations in the history of the world. We have no guarantees of any increased oil production, jobs, or exploration. History tells us we won’t get any of it.
For a summary of what happened, with quotes and video clips of important moments, click HERE. Nine senators (7 Democrats and 2 Republicans) stood up for you, and withstood pressure from industry, and Republicans who’ve given their votes and souls to Big Oil.
Is it hopeless? Is it a foregone conclusion that we’ll be facing a devastating financial crisis without enough for education, roads, bridges, adequate public safety and critical state needs? Is it inevitable that when the money runs out they’ll start raiding the PFD, or raising property taxes, or instituting a state income tax?
YOU CAN STILL DO SOMETHING, AND THIS IS IT.
This bill, or a revised version of it, will be coming back to the Senate once the House has its way with it. The Senate will vote again.
1) CALL YOUR SENATOR. This bill comes back to the Senate, and senators can change their votes. If you are no longer going to vote for your senator because of how they voted on this bill, tell them. If you are going to work for their opponent in two years (because they’re ALL up for re-election in two years) tell them.
2) Tell your friends, neighbors and coworkers what is happening. You, being politically engaged and aware, have NO idea how many people out there don’t know about this bill and what it means for Alaska’s future. And guess what? When they find out, they are really, really mad. As they should be. Tell them they still have time to make a fuss.
Here is a list of the Senators who voted to sell your future. Tell them what you think, and urge them to change their vote.
Senator Click Bishop – 800-336-7383 <—– Potential swing vote
Senator John Coghill – 877-465-3719
Senator Mike Dunleavy – 907-465-6600
Senator Fred Dyson – 800-342-2199
Senator Anna Fairclough – 800-861-5688 <—- Most outspoken in favor
Senator Peter Micciche – 800-964-5733 <—-ConocoPhillips employee
Senator Cathy Giessel – 800-892-4843 <—- Chair of Resources Committee
Senator Charlie Huggins – 800-862-3878 <—- Senate President
Senator Pete Kelly – 907-465-3709
Senator Lesil McGuire – 800-365-2995 <—- Should know better
Senator Kevin Meyer – 866-465-4945 <—- ConocoPhillips employee
3) Start a cookie jar savings account and vow to support the senators that stood up for you, and that stood up for Alaska. You know what industry will be gunning for their seats.
Phone bank for them, hang fliers on doorknobs for them, donate to them, vote for them. You may not agree with them on everything, but they’ve shown you that they are working for YOU and not tools of the oil companies. And that’s important.
Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage)
Senator Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage)
Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage)
Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage)
Senator Lyman Hoffman (D-Bethel)
Senator Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak)
Senator Bert Stedman (R-Sitka)
Senator Dennis Egan (D-Juneau)
Senator Donny Olson (D-Nome)
If the vote is tied, the bill goes nowhere. All it takes is ONE to change his/her mind. Buck up, Mudflatters,and keep the pressure on.