Monthly Archives: June 2005

Trillion Dollar Tax Cut…

Congress is considering giving a trillion dollar tax cut (mainly to millionaires) while it is cutting health care, food assistance and many other services for vulnerable people. The effects could be devastating for low-income Alaskan families.

In the coming weeks, Congress will consider repealing or drastically reducing the estate tax.* This could result in the loss of upwards of $1 trillion dollars over the first ten years of repeal, endangering many services that invest in our communities and neighbors across America. We expect a vote before the August recess. Congress may slash Medicaid by $10 billion; Food Stamps are also threatened. Many services for low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities have already been cut, with more at risk. Eliminating the estate tax will seriously imperil the ability of the federal government to provide nutrition assistance, after-school services, child care help, education, workforce development and many other services to our communities.

Want to know more? Take a look at the Coalition on Human Needs website for details.

Policy Implications of Renewable Energy?

Alaska Renewable Energy Fair
Saturday August 13th, Noon to 10 PM
Anchorage Park Strip

Alaska possesses vast wind, geothermal, biomass, hydro, tidal
and solar energy resources. Despite looming natural gas shortages
and rising energy prices virtually none of these resources have
yet been tapped. Come learn about the numerous opportunities
that Alaska has to utilize its clean, affordable, and inexhaustible
energy resources.

The Fair will feature local leaders, expert speakers, workshops,
films, informational booths, solar and wind energy demonstrations,
food and craft booths, live music, and more.
For more information contact Renewable Energy Alaska Project
Director Chris Rose at 745-6000 and or
Hannah Manser at 317-2050 and

Profit: $10,000 Per Minute

The oil industry is making more than $10,000.00 per minute after taxes from Alaska North Slope and associated pipeline operations, according to a report by Richard Feinberg, released June 2 by the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council. Three major oil companies – BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil – control approximately 95 percent of North Slope production, as well as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). Among the key findings of the 98-page report: Read the rest of this entry

Great Resource: Center for Policy Alternatives

If you are not already familiar with the Center for Policy Alternatives , read on. This is an extraordinary resource that I am sure you are going to want to know about. In brief, “The Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is the nation’s only nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to strengthen the capacity of state legislators to lead and achieve progressive change.” To elaborate a bit: Read the rest of this entry

Coalition on Human Needs

I have sung the praises of Coalition on Human Needs in the past, however, I would like to draw your attention to Human Needs Report. The Human Needs Report is the Coalition on Human Needs’ newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. It is published every other Friday while Congress is in session. The complete archives of the Human Needs Report back to January 1, 2001, are available on the site. This archive is updated twice a month with new issues. Some of the archived article topics include: Read the rest of this entry