Democratic candidate Sue Levi, running for House District 24, is campaigning on a platform that says Alaska’s oil industry “has to pay its share.”
If it sounds familiar, it is. Her words parrot the Our Fair Share campaign, which is trying to jack up taxes on oil through a voter initiative, Ballot Measure One.
“To survive the current fiscal crisis everyone is going to have to sacrifice and work together for a stable economic future, Levi writes.
Levi has run for the seat before and was endorsed by the leftwing Alaska Center (for the Environment), which touted her commitment to “advocating for policies that would provide solutions to problems created by climate change.”
Problems facing Alaska this year are not so much related to climate change, which was the Left’s calling card in 2018, but to the fiscal viability of a state that has built its economy on energy development. This may mean Levi is out of touch with her district, where many voters are part of the oil industry in Alaska, and where Ballot Measure One is likely to lose by a landslide.
In contrast, Tom McKay, the Republican in District 24, will host a fundraiser on Thursday sponsored by some of the biggest name in the Alaska business community: Jim Jansen, Joe Marushack, Mayor Dan Sullivan, Rebecca Logan, and a couple dozen more. A retired petroleum engineer, McKay stands in sharp contrast to Levi, who is pushing the “tax them until they hurt” agenda.