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Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell wants to boost Alaska's declining energy production with tax cuts on oil and gas companies. His proposal, which modifies a tax structure implemented by former Gov. Sarah Palin, passed a House committee 7-2 this week. (Associated Press)

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell wants to boost Alaska's declining energy production with tax cuts on oil and gas companies. His proposal, which modifies a tax structure implemented by former Gov. Sarah Palin, passed a House committee 7-2 this week. (Associated Press)

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