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2018 ISSUES OF CONCERN FOR THE ALASKA MINING INDUSTRY
State Fiscal Policy
- Implement a comprehensive, long-term fiscal plan in 2018 that ensures responsible State spending at a sustainable level of between $4.1 – $4.5 billion dollars. Such a plan must include budget reductions, use of Permanent Fund earnings, and new revenue from broad-based taxes.
- In order to reduce state government expenses, the legislature should repeal laws that create expenditures that are not an essential government function.
- Ensure State of Alaska fiscal policy includes strategies to grow and diversify the Alaska private economy and supports and attracts investment in mineral development projects.
Fish Habitat Policies
Recognize existing policies have proven that Alaskan mining projects successfully co-exist with the natural environment and oppose new fish habitat policies that are designed to elevate fish habitat protection to the level that excludes other natural resource values.
Water Quality Policies
Recognize that existing water quality regulations ensure environmental, fish and wildlife, and human health protections. Require that designation of Tier 3 waters can be made only by a vote of the Legislature.
Integrity of Permitting System
Defend the rigorous, science-based permitting process in place and adequately staff permitting agencies so that they can properly execute their responsibilities while acknowledging Reimbursable Service Agreements in which regulatory agencies bill the mining industry for the costs to regulate projects and operations.
Equitable Local Taxation
Support legislation reforming local taxation on mines by asserting state sovereignty and ensuring local taxes are broad based and equitable.
Oil and Gas Production
Support measures to continue the three-year trend in increased Alaska oil and gas production.