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Comparing the 7 Ideas to Change the PFD – PFD Part 5

Last week, I laid out the ideas that seem to pop up whenever conversations turn to the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD). Please refer back to that article for descriptions of these alternatives. This week, I want to attach some numbers onto those ideas. Please remember that I am not advocating […]

7 Circulating Ideas that Change the PFD – PFD: Part 4

We spent last month exploring some of the dynamics of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD). We looked at a hypothetical perspective of equal partnership between the People and the Government. Then we evaluated how the numbers we see today are influenced by decisions from our past. In part 3, we took […]

Alaska By the Numbers – August 2019

A lot happened in Alaska during the month of August. Here’s the run down on how we read the headlines. BP and Hilcorp Agreed to Terms on Alaska Assets The news that broke the internet in Alaska last week was a press release from BP. They announced that they were […]

PFD Part 3: The “It’s Our Oil” Perspective

One of the ways that Alaska is unique was created right from the beginning of our entry into the Union. When Alaska was granted statehood in 1959, we received a 103 million acre land grant from the Federal Government. As the first state created after the Mineral Leasing Act was […]

PFD Part 2: Breaking Down that $3,000 PFD

Last week we explored a hypothetical dynamic equity model for the PFD. Of course, the Government and the People are not actually business partners. They are two sides to the same coin. So, let’s drop the differentiation for now. This week, let’s simply explore how the current PFD calculation would […]

Another Exploration into the PFD: Part 1

If you haven’t been following along, the amount of the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) isn’t just a matter of calculating the earnings anymore. For the last 4 years, the legislature has moved away from using the traditional formula and has begun determining how much to distribute based on what it […]

The Official FY19 Oil Production Numbers are in

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC), the state agency which tracks oil production across Alaska, has released the last of the FY19 oil production data. All production companies are required to report the amount of oil, gas, and water they take out of the ground to AOGCC each […]

Alaska by the Numbers – July 2019

Here is your monthly update on how things are going in Alaska’s economy. Read on for some of the headlines and highlights from July 2019. The Governor Vetoed the Budget It would be hard to imagine that you’re reading this article without knowing about the veto situation. But, just in […]

Alaska Might Be Benefiting from Oil Sanctions

Alaska North Slope (ANS) oil has been selling at a premium to Brent for nearly a year, and we are seeing millions of dollars of added benefit as a result. The mostly likely cause is oil sanctions on Iran and Venezuela. Let’s explore the situation. Refinery Inputs Each refinery is […]

Fighting Over Invisible Milk

In the event you have been hiking the Brooks Range for the last six months, let me briefly get you up to speed. We have a fairly serious battle going on in Alaska right now. By way of an oil price crash a few years ago, we’ve burned through all […]