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).

Friday, January 26, 2007


Would the following situation be an appropriate case study on how some consultants deal with conflicts of interest?

Former Governor Murkowski repeatedly told the legislature and the public that a 30-year lock-in on oil taxes and a 45-year lock-in on gas taxes were absolutely essential for the “fiscal stability” needed for his proposed gas pipeline contract. Now we learn that the governor’s own consultant told him otherwise.

In a letter to the governor dated February 1, 2006, Pedro van Meurs, the governor’s highly paid gas pipeline guru consultant, stated that such a tax lock-in was not necessary. Yet the same Pedro van Meurs briefed the legislature that the tax lock-in was critical for a successful pipeline contract. Apparently that’s how some consultants make the big bucks.

It’s a good thing that ethics bills and ethics training has been at the top of the legislative agenda since we gaveled in on January 16th.


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