Alaska senators to tackle issue of high fuel prices
July 10, 2012
By Matt Buxon | Fairbanks Daily News Miner: A Senate working group representing the Interior, Anchorage and rural Alaska has announced plans to tackle the issue of expensive of gasoline and heating fuel in the state and come up with a solution that can be implemented next legislative session.
The first of what’s planned to be multiple meetings will be held Wednesday at the Anchorage Legislative Office from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., where leadership will take testimony from the public on exploring why Alaska’s energy is so expensive and what can be done to fix it.
The senators heading up the effort include Sens. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, and Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel.
“Interior families and businesses pay nearly $600 million in energy costs annually,” Thomas said in a news release. “Much of this money flows out of our local economy. It is crucial that we reduce these costs.”