Priorities and Positions

Each fall, Alaska Chamber members gather at our annual Policy Forum to propose positions for the upcoming year. Based on proposals submitted by the general membership, Chamber members adopt positions on issues that impact Alaska's economy. Our Board of Directors selects the Chamber’s top state and federal priorities for the year. Below are the Chambers’ 2015 priorities and positions on critical issues affecting Alaska’s business climate:

2015 Policy Priorities Booklet

Alaska Chamber Priorities and Positions for 2015

State Priorities

Support comprehensive workers’ compensation reform

The Alaska Chamber supports enactment of systemic changes to the Alaska workers’ compensation insurance statutes to reduce the cost of insurance for employers while emphasizing effective treatment programs that promote injury recovery and the return to full employment of injured workers.

Support reduction of State spending to sustainable levels
The Alaska Chamber supports limiting total FY 2016 Unrestricted General Fund spending to $4.5 billion or less.

Federal Priorities

Oppose any further federal land withdrawals in Alaska, other restrictive land management designations, and preemptive actions by regulatory agencies
The Alaska Chamber opposes any further federal land withdrawals, marine protected areas, Antiquities Act designations and wilderness studies on federal lands in Alaska. The Alaska Chamber will further oppose unreasonable critical habitat designations under the Endangered Species Act and other restrictive land management areas. The Chamber also opposes preemptive actions by regulatory agencies that make premature decisions outside the context of a well-established permitting process.


Support oil and gas exploration and development in Alaska’s federal areas including; the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA), Cook Inlet, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

The Alaska Chamber strongly supports oil and gas exploration and production in Alaska’s federal areas; including the Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, NPRA, Cook Inlet, and the 10-02 area of ANWR. The Chamber encourages Congress to enact revenue sharing for Alaska and local communities. The  Chamber also encourages the Alaska Congressional Delegation, the Alaska Legislature and Governor to support and strongly advocate for responsible development of these valuable resources, while the Chamber commits to actively support and participate in the education and advocacy efforts to open these areas.

Alaska Chamber State and Federal Positions for 2015

State Positions

Efficient Regulation
  • Support alternative certification for Alaska seafood
  • Support streamlining fisheries landing tax regulations
  • Support workforce development to increase the number of qualified employees needed to fill positions in resource industries
  • Support permitting by making the number of state of Alaska permitters commensurate with levels of exploration and development activity
  • Oppose new vessel restrictions not based on science with regard to harbor seals
  • Support raising Pick.Click.Give. audit level
  • Support regulatory reform regarding reimbursement in thin medical markets
  • Support procurement reform
  • Oppose implementation of the emission control area by the EPA in Alaska
  • Support overturning the application of the Roadless Rule in Alaska
  • Support development of environmental policies based on sound scientific basis over the precautionary method
  • Cruise ship wastewater point of discharge
  • Oppose National Ocean Policy (NOP) implementation in Alaska, particularly Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP)
  • Increase responsible natural resource development by improving the efficiencies of the permitting process and gaining access to resources
Fiscal Responsibility
  • Support reduction in state spending to sustainable levels
  • Support equitable funding and appropriate use of Alaska's 470 Fund
General Business Climate
  • Oppose new vessel restrictions not based on science with regard to harbor seals
  • Oppose National Ocean Policy (NOP) implementation in Alaska, particularly Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP)
  • Increase responsible natural resource development by improving the efficiencies of the permitting process and gaining access to resources
  • Support foreign and domestic private sector investments in Alaska’s natural resource and manufacturing industries
  • Support reasonable cruise ship passenger fee level and use of those fees consistent with state and federal law
  • Support reduction in state spending to sustainable levels
  • Support comprehensive workers' compensation reform
  • Support equitable funding and appropriate use of Alaska's 470 Fund
  • Support Medicaid expansion provided federal match maintained and/or alternative pilot program implemented
  • Support clarifying Alaska's credit scoring law
  • Support the University of Alaska
  • Support royalty oil sales
  • Privatization of construction projects
  • Oppose all new unfunded property tax exemptions as introduced on the state level
  • Support affordable energy for Alaska's rural communities
  • Reduce the high cost of energy
  • Support creation of the Susitna State Forest
  • Support efficiencies and cost effective health benefits
  • Support in-state oil refining industry
  • Support diversification of Alaska’s economy including development of a robust mariculture industry
  • Support the Alaska Department of Labor Workforce Investment Board’s inclusion of the maritime industries as a priority industry
  • Support community health center system organization as patient centered medical homes
  • Oppose Ballot Measure 2: An act to tax and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana
  • Oppose Ballot Measure 3: Increase Alaska's Minimum Wage
  • Oppose Ballot Measure 4: Bristol Bay Forever
  • Support sustainable sea otter harvest and sale of handicrafts
  • Support transfer or sale of land to private entities
  • Support workforce development to increase the number of qualified employees needed to fill positions in resource industries
  • Support keeping Alaska state chartered financial institutions competitive  Litigation Reform
  • Support for litigation reform relating to resource development projects in Alaska
Oil Tax Reform
  • Oppose the referendum to repeal Senate Bill 21
Strategic Infrastructure
  • Establish a state fund for transportation
  • Single capital position

Federal Positions

Efficient Regulations
  • Oppose any further federal land withdrawals in Alaska, other restrictive land management designations, and preemptive actions by regulatory agencies
  • Support alternative certification for Alaska seafood
  • Oppose new vessel restrictions not based on science with regard to harbor seals
  • Oppose implementation of the emission control area by the EPA in Alaska
  • Support for overturning the application of the Roadless Rule in Alaska
  • Support development of environmental policies based on sound scientific basis over the precautionary method
  • Support the bypass mail program
  • Oppose National Ocean Policy (NOP) implementation in Alaska, particularly Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP)
  • Increase responsible natural resource development by improving the efficiencies of the permitting process and gaining access to resources
General Business Climate
  • Oppose new vessel restrictions not based on science with regard to harbor seals
  • Oppose National Ocean Policy (NOP) implementation in Alaska, particularly Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP)
  • Increase responsible natural resource development by improving the efficiencies of the permitting process and gaining access to resources
  • Support foreign and domestic private sector investments in Alaska’s natural resource and manufacturing industries
  • Support reasonable cruise ship passenger fee level and use of those fees consistent with state and federal law
  • Oppose any further federal land withdrawals in Alaska, other restrictive land management designations, and preemptive actions by regulatory agencies
  • Support oil and gas exploration and development in Alaska’s federal areas including; the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA), Cook Inlet, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)
  • Support Small Business Administration Native 8(a) Contracting Program
  • Support the expansion of the military presence in Alaska
  • Support for converting two million acres of the Tongass National Forest to a state forest
  • Support reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Support science-based Endangered Species Act listings and delisting
  • Include a renewable energy plan in the Tongass Forest Management Plan
  • Support the reauthorization of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act
Litigation Reform
  • Support for litigation reform relating to resource development projects in Alaska
Strategic Infrastructure
  • Single Capital Position