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Senator putting Alaskans first

Posted: July 15, 2014 - 5:36pm  |  Updated: July 16, 2014 - 7:23am

Apparently there is considerable confusion over who authored a July 7 letter to the editor. I too was surprised to learn that there is a Larry Simmons with views far left from the views of this Larry Semmens. I proudly serve as chief-of-staff for Senator Micciche. He and his team members have always honorably provided excellent service for District O constituents; the folks he always demonstrably places first in every consideration.

SB 21, the More Alaska Production Act, is a good place to start. Experts across the board conclude that this legislation will ultimately result in more barrels of oil produced in the long term, both delivering more jobs for Alaskans and more total revenue for the State of Alaska. Misguiding “giveaway” claims from those that believe money invested in unsustainable social programs instead of jobs for Alaskans are simply a myth. Predicted prices demonstrate that SB 21 will generate more revenue than ACES, without an increase in production. However, as reported by Tim Bradner in the Alaska Journal of Commerce, the 8 percent decline from prior years has already been offset to nearly zero. I believe we will see continued growth in investment and production since Alaska has become competitive with other states.

If the writer had all the facts prior to writing his letter, he would have been thanking Senator Micciche for his knowledge of the industry instead of maligning him for his work. Your Senator could not support the original SB21 because of the low 25 percent base tax. He was the person who knew that a 35 percent base tax rate delivered the right level of government take. He was successful in promoting that change, which proves that he supports Alaskans first. “Special interests” made it clear they were unhappy with the amendment, but the Senator stood tough. Alaska oil taxes are complicated. Most people do not have the time, experience or background to understand them completely. Mr. Simmons, I am appreciative that we have someone like Senator Micciche willing to serve. Your political name-calling lacks substance.

Further, if the writer would have been paying attention he would know that Senator Micciche led the charge on stopping HB 77. Alaskans know this and also know the bill would have likely passed had Senator Micciche not stopped the bill. The significant work your Senator did on this bill demonstrates that he critically analyzes legislation, listens to his constituents and is willing to work hard to create legislation that works for Alaska. Finally, it proves that he is not afraid to kill a bill if it doesn’t measure up, regardless of how much of his work has been invested.

I appreciate this opportunity to clarify that I continue to support Senator Micciche, I am proud to be a member of his team and I’m equally proud to call him my friend.

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jford 07/16/14 - 11:23 am
What baloney.

The only 'charge' Micciche led was the charge to try to run HB 77 through despite widespread opposition.

He said he was trying to make it more 'palatable', he wanted to break it up and see if it couldn't be passed in smaller increments.

He wasn't against it, he tried and tried again and again to get it approved.

As for 'providing excellent service' to his constituents, the only excellent service he provides is the service he provides for his corporate employers.

Vote him out, he, (and as evidenced by this letter,) he and his staff aren't to be trusted.

They'll tell you one thing while doing the opposite. Boot him out.

luvak52 07/17/14 - 03:16 pm

Oh my goodness! What a bunch of hooey! The senator won't even defend SB21 at an upcoming forum being sponsored by the League of Women Voters! If he has so much knowledge of the industry and the bill, why won't he present the Vote No side? Maybe it's because Senator Hollis French is presenting the Vote Yes side and will present facts, not distortions?
It is my feeling/belief that Mr. Simmons stated what so many of us also feel and believe: that Mr. Micciche serves his corporate boss, ConocoPhillips, instead of the people of this district.
As for HB77; he called those who opposed the "revised" version of HB77 "extremists." Seriously?? Mr. Micciche did everything possible to shove this bill down our throats even though a massive percentage of his constituents said NO! The only thing extreme is that horrific bill, which by the way, folks, is not dead; only waiting to come back next session to silence you all, keep you out of the permitting process.
Yes, it is quite clear you support the person you work for, and I do not believe anyone confused you with Mr. Simmons. As for proudly serving, Mr. Simmons is a retired disabled veteran who served not only the people of this district, but the people of this entire country and has every right to voice his opinion whether you agree with it or not. That's the way we roll in the good old USA. I, for one, salute Mr. Simmons' service to our country and for voicing what so very many of us feel about where Mr. Micciche's loyalties are really focused.

jford 09/08/14 - 08:33 pm
Micciche's SB 21 lies, and the lies of his staff and supporters.

Today, September 8, 2014

ExxonMobil repeats prediction for lower Alaska oil production

ExxonMobil told Alaska regulators again last week not to expect an increase in oil production on the North Slope anytime soon, despite repeated claims by supporters in the months preceding the vote on SB 21 that a long-term decline had ended.

ExxonMobil told state regulators again last week not to expect an increase in oil production on the North Slope, arguing it is a “reasonable approach” to conclude that a long-term decline is continuing.

Boot Micciche, vote him out.

Ten days before the lies above were printed, Micciche's own bosses were revealing the truth behind the lies.

""I have no reason to believe that the annual decline in TAPS (Trans-Alaska Pipeline System) volumes will reverse in 2014 or the foreseeable future," ConocoPhillips commercial supervisor Joseph Falcone said Aug. 6.

Boot Micciche, he's dishonest.

In July, ExxonMobil witness Jeffrey Ray told the RCA that the average decline from recent years is expected to continue.

“I have no reason to believe that this trend will reverse itself in the foreseeable future,” Ray testified.

Micciche and his staff knew they were being dishonest.

That didn't stop them from telling you lies.

Vote him out, vote for his opponent Eric Treider.

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