Tax initiative sponsors sue state over ballot summary

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The drafters of a voter initiative to increase production taxes on Alaska’s largest oil fields have sued Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer and the Division of Elections over problems with the summary of the measure meant for printed election materials.

Oil and gas industry attorney Robin Brena wrote in a 12-page complaint filed Nov. 14 in state Superior Court that Meyer and Elections officials misconstrued some of the basic parameters of the initiative in the ballot summary and then refused to correct the errors when they were notified of them.

Brena is a sponsor of the initiative and chairs Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share, the campaign group formed to back the proposal. He has pushed for changing or repealing Alaska’s oft-debated oil production tax system since the current tax rates were passed by the Legislature and former Gov. Sean Parnell in 2013 with the support of industry stakeholders.

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