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Wed Sep 3, 2014, 08:36 AM

Moody's: Rejection of Ballot Measure 1 'positive' for Alaska's credit


Moody's: Rejection of Ballot Measure 1 'positive' for Alaska's credit
Alex DeMarban
September 2, 2014

Moody’s Investors Service has given a thumbs-up to the August decision by Alaska voters to keep the oil-tax system known as the More Alaska Production Act in place.

One of three ratings agencies covering the state of Alaska, the New York firm said the decision to reject Ballot Measure 1 in the Aug. 19 election, which would have repealed MAPA if passed, was a “credit positive” for Alaska.

The update issued by Moody’s on Thursday is not a credit-rating action. But it shows the state’s credit rating is being maintained, said David Jacobson, a spokesperson at Moody’s.


The update notes that the state’s current revenue forecast indicates Alaska may need to rely on savings in the coming years to offset revenue shortfalls caused by falling oil production. But it also notes that by the end of the year, the state will publish its first revenue forecast factoring in new production tied to MAPA.

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unhappycamper Sep 2014 OP
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #1

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Wed Sep 3, 2014, 01:22 PM

1. Rejection of ballot measure 1 was a close call,

much closer than anyone expected given that the "no' forces outspent "yes" by 40 or 50 times. An interesting fact is that despite all that money, only 8 individuals contributed to the "no" effort. I personally think SB21 is very bad for Alaska. I worked hard to repeal it, and I think Moody's is wrong, probably in Big Oil's pockets as much as Seanoco Parnell is.

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