Alaska tax change group sues over ballot initiative wording

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska A group seeking changes to Alaska’s oil tax credit system has filed a lawsuit against state officials over language describing its initiative.

AP reports that 'Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share' filed a complaint in Anchorage Superior Court November 14 against Republican Lieutennant Governor Kevin Meyer and the state Division of Elections.

The group’s members say the state is not receiving an equitable share of oil proceeds largely because of a per-barrel deduction for oil companies it believes is overly generous, while the state has a large budget deficit.

The complaint says Meyer did not properly summarize the group’s ballot initiative known as the 'Fair Share Act' when preparing a ballot title and proposition for the measure.

The complaint says the state would not discuss the group’s suggested corrections.