Sen. Gary Stevens (R) Kodiak Stands up for Alaskans on the Oil Tax Debate

Last week, Senator Gary Stevens (R) Kodiak was asked to speak to the group Commonweath North. It was an annual meet and greet - and the group got much more than they were expecting!

While you can read the full text of his speech and listen here at the Alaska Dispatch, here are a few tidbits of what he had to say: 

"Former Gov. Jay Hammond was a constituent of mine for several years after he left office. Hammond liked to quote Article 8, Section 2 of the Alaska Constitution:

The legislature shall provide for the utilization, development, and conservation of all natural resources belonging to the state, including land and waters, for the maximum benefit of its people.

That’s people, not businesses or corporations but the people of Alaska -- You."


"To maximize benefits to the industry and to the people -- what’s good for the industry may not be good for you."


"Have I mentioned the State Chamber of Commerce and the Resource Development Council? I think I did. As you know they gave those of us who dared question the governor’s oil tax bill failing grades. They gave D’s and F’s to just about every representative who voted on the House floor against the bill.  Realize the vote was 22 to 16, so that’s hardly a landslide. They also gave failing grades to all the Senators who dared ask questions about the bill.

Many of those representatives and senators are right here in this room, right now. Look around you and maybe you will see members with giant letters on their chests. It’s right there if you can’t see it. Sort of like a target. A giant Scarlet Letter. Though I prefer to think of it as a Red Badge of Courage."

We want to thank Senator Stevens for standing up to industry and putting the best interests of Alaska first.