Southeast Alaska’s lawmakers were split four to two against the Legislature’s oil tax cut this session. Republicans Peggy Wilson of Wrangell and Cathy Munoz of Juneau voted for the measure. While Munoz says SB 21 has some weaknesses, she maintains that the state had to do something to encourage the oil companies to invest in more production. Matt Lichtenstein spoke with Munoz about that decision during Mayfest earlier this month as part of a series of local interviews with visiting lawmakers: For mobile-friendly audio, click here.
Earlier this week we aired our interviews with Republican Bert Stedman and Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins. The two Sitka lawmakers opposed SB 21. We also heard from Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell who said he would have voted for it, had he been in the legislature. For our final segment in the series on Monday, We’ll hear an interview with Senator Dennis Egan and Representative Beth Kerttula of Juneau. Petersburg became part of their districts this past year.