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Questions, answers on referendum effort

Posted: May 28, 2013 - 8:54am

I’m collecting signatures for the “Vote Yes: Repeal the Giveaway” campaign. I’d like to share some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers with you and your readers:

1. Q: What are you doing?

A: I am collecting signatures to put SB 21 up for a vote (the vote will be in August, 2014). SB 21 was recently passed by the Legislature. It changed the way Alaska collects her revenue. Previously, the state’s revenue law was ACES (“Alaska’s Clear & Equitable Share”).

2. Q: How many signatures do you need?

A: The referendum process requires approximately 31,000 signatures of voters (state-wide) by early July before it can be placed on the ballot. Here on the Peninsula, we need at least 2,700 valid signatures. Some folks will be done collecting signatures by mid-June, so if you want your signature on the referendum book, it’s best not to wait ‘til the last minute.

3. Q: How many times may I sign?

A: If you are a registered voter, you may sign the referendum one time.

4. Q: Where can I sign?

A: There are signature gatherers all over the place. Some of us are on the sidewalks with signs that say “Have Your Say on the Oil Giveaway”. Others are standing outside of big public events. If you call 252-4530 or 940-5783, they will tell you where you can easily sign the petition.

5. Q: Why are you doing this?

A: I have 3 reasons for collecting signatures to put SB 21 up for a vote. Here they are:

■ It allows Alaskans to speak directly on the issue — not corporations, lobbyists, or politicians — just the People, in the privacy of the voting booth.

■ It allows Alaskans to see for themselves whether or not SB 21 is working. (Are there any indications that oil productions is actually increasing?)

■ It gives Alaskans time to read through this complicated tax law and decide if SB 21 passes muster with the citizens of this state.

6. Q: Will anyone know that I have signed this petition? Will this info be shared?

A: No. This is confidential information. Neither the state nor the campaign is allowed to share this info with any other person, corporation, agency or entity.

I hope this is clear enough. Thank you for reading through my message. God Bless!

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Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 05/29/13 - 10:56 pm
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Ms Veh,
First, I applaud your effort and excercising your constitutional rights. If more people a) became more informed on issues before voting and b) actually cast an informed vote, we wouldn't have this issue. Our voice is our elected representatives.

One of your three reasons for this petition drive was:
"It allows Alaskans to see for themselves whether or not SB 21 is working. (Are there any indications that oil productions is actually increasing?)"
It seems to me you yourself have not given this bill an opportunity to demonstrate if it will or will not work.

Another was:
"It gives Alaskans time to read through this complicated tax law and decide if SB 21 passes muster with the citizens of this state."

Have you read ACES? (http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill_text.asp?hsid=HB2001Z&sessio...) That is an even more complicated tax bill than SB 21(http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill_text.asp?hsid=SB0021Z&sessio...)
The shear length of both bills is mind numbing. But ACES is by far more complicated and convoluted. I am fairly certain very few people have read the full text of either law and even fewer truly understand the impacts.

Finally on referendum signatures and public information; I am not implying you are incorrect when you say "No. This is confidential information. Neither the state nor the campaign is allowed to share this info with any other person, corporation, agency or entity." I would be interested in where in the state referendum law it states that petition signatures are confidential. If you have that information I would appreciate it.

A case in point:
In a recent recall election of Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, the signatures on the petition that triggered the election were public information. You could do a name by name search of both valid and invalid signatures. These were published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal and the courts upheld the practice.
http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/dataondemand/150039955.html

hutchca
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hutchca 06/11/13 - 02:11 pm
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Yes Ms. Veh, I will applaud your efforts as well. However, I am dismayed that rather than spend a year or more learning the issues involved with the legislation, the decision was made to expend the efforts to do away with it. And then doing away with it without clue one as to what might be a suitable option or adjustment to correct it or fix the flaws found in the legislation as it relates to the Alaska economy.

It may be useful to know there is a place (ALEC) that prepares legislation for legislators (mostly from a corporate slant, not so good); but efforts can be made to understand how legislators come about using such work product and how average voters can have an impact on that activity.

But no, in this case the knee jerk reaction was the decided course of action. And as such I will not support nor encourage others in that direction.

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