Alaska Democrats Campaign to Reinstate Sarah Palin's Tax Policies

Image: Alaska Democrats Campaign to Reinstate Sarah Palin's Tax Policies Gov. Sean Parnell

Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 12:34 PM

By Courtney Coren

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Alaska Democrats are campaigning to have former Gov. Sarah Palin's tax policy reinstated after Palin's successor, Gov. Sean Parnell, had it repealed this year, saying that it discouraged exploration.

But Democrats liked the way it was in the Palin years and were able to gather enough signatures to make it a ballot measure for 2014, asking that Alaska voters repeal the new plan and keep Palin's, The New York Times reported.

"She was a transformational figure in Alaska politics," said Democratic State Senator Bill Wielechowski, a leader of the repeal effort. Tax policy had not caught up to the profits being made in oil in The Last Frontier. "People realized that for decades Alaska had not gotten a fair share."

Palin ran for governor as a reform candidate in 2005 after it was learned that the oil companies in the state were buying off state legislators in exchange for votes.

However, Andrew Halcro, president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, argues that while Palin's tax policies were popular at the time, they may have gone too far and have resulted in discouraging oil companies from drilling.

"People were angry at the oil industry, angry at the Republican Party, angry at the lawmakers who got caught in the scandal, and she channeled that," Halcro said. "And so when she raised taxes, people were like, 'All right, you go get 'em.' But then the reality sunk in."

While Alaskan Democrats prefer Palin's tax policy, they are hesitant to solicit her support in repealing the new law because she has become a polarizing figure following her candidacy as vice president in 2008 and her resignation as governor.

"She did the right thing. She put in a tax that was tough on the big guys," said Jack Roderick, age 87, former Democratic major of Anchorage Borough and leader of the repeal effort. But with her divisive image, including her in the campaign would "probably not be helpful."

Related Stories:

Sarah Palin: Christie Is Not 'Rogue' Enough
Palin: Pope Francis' Comments 'Sound Kind of Liberal'

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Rep. Issa Pushing New Postal Bill to End Saturday Delivery

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 08:12 AM

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is facing a battle in Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to overhau . . .

Ukraine Peace Deal Falters as Rebels Show No Sign of Surrender

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 07:22 AM

An agreement reached last week to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering as the new week began, with pro-Moscow s . . .

GAO Details Sebelius' Enroll America Fundraising Efforts

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 07:06 AM

The General Accountability Office provided details about how the White House raised money to promote health insurance en . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved