Johnson: “There is truly value in providing these incentives for the oil and gas industry to come in and make these developments, get things going. That makes money for the state in the long term. It’s an investment, it’s not a cost.” House Democrats are concerned the rewritten version doesn’t cut enough out of the program to make it sustainable as Alaska faces a multibillion dollar budget deficit. Alper: “The governor looked to repeal completely the 20 percent capital or QCE credit and the 40 percent well credit, WLE, and we had a fairly aggressive effective date of July 1 of this year, and we were looking to maintain the 25 percent operating loss credit. The decision was made, in your committee’s substitute Mr. Chairman, to phase out the WLE’s expenditure over 2017 and 2018, keeping the capital credit in place until 2022, 2022 is very much a forward-looking year tied to the plan for a broader Cook Inlet tax reform bill. Meanwhile the operating loss credit was reduced from 25 percent to ten percent.” An initial analysis by the Department of Revenue projects $45 million in reduced spending on credits under the rewrite for next year. The estimate under the original version of the bill was $400 million. BlueCrest CEO Benjamin Johnson said the credits were a central part of the Cosmopolitan Unit plan to produce natural gas near Anchor Point… Director of the Tax Division Ken Alper with the Department of Revenue detailed the differences between the committee’s version put forward on Saturday and the original proposals. In a release, House Resources co-chair Benjamin Nageak of Barrow stated the committee worked to balance policy between exploration and production. Some oil and gas companies like BlueCrest Energy have paused production while they await a final version of the program. Click here for the latest summary of changes made by the House Resource Committee. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Today a state House committee discussed their downsized version of Governor Bill Walker’s proposed changes to Alaska’s oil and gas tax credit system.
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享First Lady of Alaska, Donna Walker is accepting nominations for the 2017 volunteer of the year award. Nominations need to be submitted by 4:30pm on March 6th. The award recognizes volunteers that have engaged in unpaid charitable activities, demonstrate personal commitment to long-term volunteer services, and make a significant impact. Walker; “It’s a wonderful opportunity to recognize our unsung heroes, and all of our community depends more and more on volunteers. Especially now with the financial situation we are in, and we are accepting nominations until Monday March 6th.” Nominate your volunteer using the website www.volunteerawards.alaska.gov, or paper versions of the form are also available at the Capitol in Juneau, or at the Governor’s regional offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Mat-Su.
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(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)BALTIMORE — After nearly a two-month absence, left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to make his much-awaited return to the Orioles on Wednesday.Prior to the start of this week’s four-game series with the Texas Rangers, manager Buck Showalter confirmed that the Taiwanese southpaw will make his first start since May 12 after a pair of minor-league rehab starts with Double-A Bowie. Chen threw seven shutout innings against Harrisburgh on July 4, meaning he could have returned on normal rest for Tuesday’s game.Instead, Showalter has elected to give lefty Zach Britton the start on Tuesday, essentially meaning the Orioles will use a six-man rotation until the All-Star break.“Trying to give everybody a little extra rest,” Showalter said. “We can make some adjustments depending on what we do with our bullpen. We don’t want guys to get too far away but not get the benefit. Because of the four days, it allows us to do whatever we want to do post-break. Everybody will have had enough rest to put them in the mix.”The Orioles could elect to option Britton to Triple-A Norfolk following his Tuesday start to make room for Chen on the 25-man roster. Such a move would allow Britton to stay on regular rest over the All-Star break as the Orioles did with Chris Tillman last season. However, last week’s trade for Scott Feldman and Chen’s return likely mean Britton will be the odd man out when it comes to the current rotation.Rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman may be another candidate for such a minor-league stint over the break as he’s currently pitching out of the bullpen. The 2012 first-round pick has essentially taken over the spot previously occupied by Pedro Strop, but you have to wonder whether the 22-year-old pitching infrequently in long relief is the best way to develop his skills.For now, Showalter is taking advantage of the opportunity to give his starters an extra day of rest with the second half and the dog days of summer looming.“That’s not going to be there shortly,” Showalter said. “Obviously, we’re not going to be able to carry six starters in the second half — if that’s what we’re calling the post-All-Star break. We can talk about for an hour the different factors that figured into it, but when it was all said and done, we thought it was pretty clear-cut.”In other pitching-related news, the Orioles received a favorable report on Steve Johnson on Monday. The right-hander threw 35 pitches from a mound in Sarasota and appears to be inching closer to a rehab assignment.Johnson would become another option for the bullpen when he’s able to return after the All-Star break.Top infield prospect Jonathan Schoop is scheduled to begin his minor-league rehab assignment with short-season Single-A Aberdeen on Thursday. The 21-year-old hasn’t played since May 12 while recovering from a stress fracture in his lower back.With the highlight of third baseman Manny Machado’s latest defensive gem on Sunday making the rounds via social media, Showalter was asked to recall his favorite defensive play of the many the 21-year-old has provided in less than a full season in the big leagues.Showalter did describe one play that Machado made in spring training two years ago when he was still at shortstop but provided the ultimate quote that will excite Orioles fans while also tipping his cap to Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson and his superb defensive work in the 1970 World Series.“I hope it’s yet to come,” said Showalter of Machado’s finest fielding moment. “I hope it’s that one where he catches the last out in the World Series. That’s the one I’m looking for. Kind of like another third baseman that was real good over there.”
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Related ABC News(AZTEC, N.M)– A 74-year-old substitute teacher and a custodian jumped into action and helped save lives during a shooting at a New Mexico high school Thursday that killed two students, authorities said today. Substitute teacher Kathleen Potter had 16 students in a classroom with her at Aztec High School in Aztec, about 180 miles northwest of Albuquerque, when she heard the shooting, according to police. She didn’t have a key to lock the door so she put all of the students in a storage area and the barricaded the door with a couch, authorities said. The shooter — a former Aztec High School student — came in and started screaming and fired multiple rounds through the walls, hitting no one, authorities said. When Thomas Hill, a custodian, heard the shots, he saw the shooter and followed him and shouted at him authorities said. The custodian also warned others and yelled at teachers to lock down, police said. The suspect, identified as 21-year-old William Atchison, died after the shooting. A law enforcement source told ABC News that officers found the suspected gunman dead, a gun and multiple loaded magazines near him. Authorities today called Atchison a “coward” and said the shooting was a “planned event,” which the suspect allegedly wrote out. Police said the suspect disguised himself as a student and went into the school as buses were letting people in. Authorities said he wanted to create “as much carnage as he possibly could.” The 21-year-old went to a bathroom and was preparing to confront students, police said, and in that bathroom is where victim Francisco Fernandez was shot and killed; authorities said Fernandez had no chance to survive. The suspect then went to the hallway, where he encountered Casey Marquez and fatally shot her, police said. He then allegedly fired multiple rounds through the hallway. Authorities said Atchison lived in Aztec with his parents and worked at a local gas station. In March 2016, federal authorities learned of comments made by Atchison on an online gaming forum and he was interviewed, but the investigation was closed because no crime was committed, authorities said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
Star batsman Root missed England’s four-wicket defeat at Southampton in international cricket’s return from lockdown last week after attending the birth of his second child.He has now rejoined the squad, with West Indies needing just one win from the two remaining Tests of the campaign at Old Trafford to clinch a first series win in England for 32 years.Although all three fixtures are being played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak, Root will be in a familiar situation.England have now lost the opening match of a series for the eighth time in ten campaigns, a run dating back to the 2017/18 Ashes in Australia.Most recently in South Africa they did recover from a heavy defeat in the first Test to win that series 3-1.But now at 1-0 down with just two to play, there is far less margin for error.Joe Denly appears to be the most likely candidate to make way for Root.Denly was twice out cheaply at Southampton, with fellow batsman Zak Crawley making 76 in a second innings where England’s loss of five wickets for 30 runs proved more pivotal to the result than their controversial decision to omit veteran paceman Stuart Broad.“We’re all desperate to see Joe do really well,” said England coach Chris Silverwood. “But obviously he’s under pressure a little bit.”“Zak is improving constantly. I think he certainly showed maturity and the innings he played was very good.”England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler dropped Jermaine Blackwood early in the West Indies’ batsman’s match-clinching innings of 95 on Sunday’s final day at Southampton.And another pair of low scores left Buttler with a Test average of just 23.22 since the start of 2019 and now only one hundred in 75 innings.But even though England have gifted gloveman Ben Foakes waiting in the wings, Silverwood said: “First and foremost we want to give Jos the best opportunity to succeed.“He just needs to go and make those big scores now doesn’t he? He knows that as well.”– Tight turnaround –Meanwhile, with six Tests in seven weeks, including three against Pakistan, England could yet recall Broad in Manchester, having already said they plan to rotate their battery of quicks.It was West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, however, who was named man-of-the-match in the first Test for a nine-wicket haul.Gabriel was only included in the main squad after being named as a travelling reserve following ankle surgery.Given the second Test starts just days after the end of the first, fitness is likely to be the West Indies’ biggest issue as they return to Old Trafford, the venue for their quarantine period amid the pandemic and two subsequent intra-squad warm-up matches.Key innings – West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood made 95 in a four-wicket 1st Test win over England. POOL/AFP/Adrian DENNISThe West Indies arrived in England with many doubting if their batsmen could give an impressive fast-bowling unit enough runs to play with.But they built a first-innings lead of over a hundred runs at Southampton after captain Jason Holder took a Test-best 6-42 in England’s lowly 204.Set 200 to win, the West Indies did then collapse to 27-3 and saw opener John Campbell retire hurt.But Blackwood stepped up, even if the rashness that has characterised his stop-start West Indies career saw him fall five runs short of what would have been only his second Test century when he tried to hit over the top.By then, despite some taunts from stand-in England captain Ben Stokes, Blackwood had all but sealed victory.“I wasn’t really paying too much attention to that, I was keen on getting the runs and getting my team across the line,” Blackwood said Tuesday of Stokes’ words.“That didn’t faze me at any point in time.“Once I’m at the crease, they’re the ones under pressure, not me.”
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The 2015 NYC Team of the Year centre has landed in the shire with no family and no partner by his side after signing with the Sharks on a two-year deal in October.It’s been a long road for the Nanango junior who at 18 made his first grade debut against the Dragons as an injury replacement for Lachlan Maranta.His progression to the top grade wasn’t anticipated.In fact he was kicked out of pre-season by under-20s coaching staff earlier on in 2013 – his debut year – after failing to impress.”I wasn’t even expected to play 20s that year. I was only 18 at the time and I was too unfit and they didn’t want me there,” Drew told NRL.com.”I eventually came back from injury around Round 13 through the Mal Meninga Cup and jumped into the 20s for the next seven or so games. I was just happy to play 20s, keeping in mind I had never had contact at all with first grade.”Then Anthony Griffin gave me a call one weekend and said he wanted me at training on Monday. I assumed it was just for the experience.”But by Thursday he’d pulled me in and told me I was playing, and I just could not believe it honestly. It was the most bizarre, great feeling you’d ever feel.”Scoring a try in the Broncos’ two-point win, Drew’s unexpected debut has been his only NRL game to date.With the usual path to first grade set out for most players working their way up from the Holden Cup, Drew instead was promoted to the first grade pre-season squad in 2014.Yet with Anthony Griffin’s departure Drew was demoted back to the under-20s squad with master coach Wayne Bennett returning to the Broncos.Drew fails to hold any grudges though, and said because his debut was such an outlier he hasn’t been frustrated by his past two seasons away from first grade.”It’s all sort of happened in reverse for me so that’s why starting afresh is what I need. Consistency is what everybody needs so it’ll go a long way in helping me,” Drew said.”[My debut] feels like forever ago. Though because it was such a shock to actually play it’s been hard to say it’s been frustrating because it wasn’t expected.”Being so young the bar was set a whole lot higher than the normal routine of playing 20s and then sort of cracking it then. In a way I sort of ignore it because I know it wasn’t the normal progression for me.”It was a great bonus but now I’m in a full time NRL squad it will be quite frustrating if I’m not playing again in the next few years because this is it for me – there’s no more 20s.”A stranger to Sydney unless he was either playing or cooped up in a hotel on away games, Drew’s move to the centre of Cronulla has been an ideal one.”I love it. I’m right near anything and I can’t complain. The boys have welcomed me fine too and I’m feeling part of the team which is what I want and what they want,” Drew said.”There are no distractions here; it’s all new for me. So there’s no excuse and I’m ready to give it a red hot crack.”It’s all in my power and how I apply myself off the field too so it’s up to me, I’m not here to make up the numbers.”