The Weekly Top 3 (9.12.2022)

Why we need to discuss #WhoPays for any increase in the BSA at the same time as we discuss whether there should be one & Michael and I debate the #AKgov’s veto of the e-cig tax

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind here at Alaskans for Sustainable Budgets — for the week of September 12, 2022.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular weekly segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on Facebook and YouTubeLive as well as via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 6–8am. I join Michael weekly in the first hour of Tuesday’s show, from 6:25–7am, for a discussion between the two of us about our three issues.

This week we only cover the first two of our issues: 1) as the drumbeat starts for increasing the base student allocation (BSA), we discuss why we need to be talking about #WhoPays for any increase at the same time as we discuss whether and how much any increase should be (2:09), and 2) Michael and I debate whether the Governor should have vetoed the tax on e-cigarettes that overwhelmingly passed both bodies of the legislature this past session (17:04).

We took so long on the second, we rolled the third — our reaction to the appointment of Deven Mitchell as the interim Commissioner of Revenue — to next week.

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available both on our Spotify and Soundcloud pages. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.



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Brad Keithley

Brad Keithley


Managing Director of Alaskans for Sustainable Budgets and owner, Keithley Publishing, LLC. For more, go to