Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


I certainly understand why the oil producers want a 30 and a 45 year gas tax lock-in on taxes they may be required to pay to Alaska. It’s for fiscal certainty. Who can blame them for wanting their taxes locked in? Afterall, I imagine everyone of us with an IQ above a clam would likewise like fiscal certainty in our own their personal finances, including future taxes - but that's unlikely. And what about the State of Alaska? Couldn't the state also use some fiscal certainty?

The bottom line is, whether the 30 and 45 year lock in is, or is not, a good thing probably doesn’t make much difference. I may be wrong, but regardless of whatever merits there may be to the lock-in proposal, I doubt the 21 votes in the House and 11 votes in the Senate are there to make it happen. "Wants" don't always yield results. My grandmother told me that.

A couple of representatives from one of the oil producers were in my office yesterday, and I told them the same thing. One of them looked up astounded and exclaimed, “Well, if we don't get the "lock in," we'll have to go back into negotiations again.” To which I relied, “YES.” Hello! Is anyone listening?


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