Morning Headlamp — Wielechowski elevates PFD battle

AGDC president Keith Meyer challenged the idea that Alaska LNG isn’t the best path forward for the state in an Alaska Dispatch News op-ed. According to Meyer, “Everyone wants to monetize their gas, but we want to open the project to broader market participation. AGDC welcomes producer investment but also recognizes that investing in the project assets as an equity owner may not generate the return they need. Setting up a transparent tolling structure allows the project to provide access to unbundled services, typical of other transportation pipelines, maximizing upstream revenues.”

Anchorage Democratic Senator Bill Wielechowski and two retired lawmakers – Clem Tillion and Rick Halford – filed suit to maintain full Permanent Fund dividends this year. They want to reverse Walker’s veto of roughly $670 million in dividend funds. The veto cut the dividends in half, from a projection of more than $2,000 to about $1,000. At his public appearance Saturday, former Gov. Cowper spoke emphatically in support of current Gov.  Bill Walker’s plan to divert some permanent fund dividend payments to shrink Alaska’s rolling multibillion-dollar deficits.

 

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First Reads

$25K conference sponsorship gets governor in front of LNG audience in Singapore
Alaska Dispatch News, Alex DeMarban, September 18, 2016

Walker ‘disappointed’ in Permanent Fund suit filed by Wielechowski today
Alaska Public Radio News, Andrew Kitchenman, September 16, 2016

Gas line project remains Alaska’s best bet for prosperous future
Alaska Dispatch News, Keith Meyer, September 18, 2016

Former Gov. Steve Cowper urges action on PFD spending
Fairbanks Daily News Miner, Sam Friedman, September