Yes On 1 Launches Regional Ads Targeting Southeast and Interior

Highlights Cuts to UAF and Alaska Marine Highway and local job losses


September 25, 2020

Contact: David Dunsmore (907)278-8000 (headquarters) or (907)830-4288 (cell)

This week the Yes On 1, Alaska’s Fair Share, campaign launched radio ads targeting Interior and Southeast Alaska highlighting the cuts to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska Marine Highway System caused by Alaska’s ongoing oil production revenue crisis. The ads are running as part of Yes on 1’s statewide media buy.

“Every Alaskan has been personally hurt by our job killing oil production revenue system,” said campaign manager David Dunsmore. “Nowhere is this more apparent than in Southeast where communities have been left stranded or the Interior where UAF, a world class institution and economic engine, is facing crippling cuts.”

Last year the Alaska Marine Highway system was cut by $44 million dollars leading to drastic cuts in service. The University of Alaska is in the process of being cut by $75 million phased over three years and the UA Board of Regents regents recently voted to eliminate over 40 academic programs. Under normal circumstances Ballot Measure 1 would raise approximately $1 billion per year. Under abnormally low prices it would raise approximately $140 million, more than enough to completely reverse the University and Marine Highway cuts.

“The way things are now, the Texas Panhandle is getting a whole lot more out of our oil than Alaska’s Panhandle,” begins an ad called Marine Highway. “Here in Southeast, we’re paying for Big Oil’s tax breaks with our ferries, our jobs, and our communities. While giant outside oil companies make billions off of Alaska’s oil, our Alaska Marine Highway has been gutted, leaving Southeast communities stranded and store shelves empty.”

One of the Fairbanks ads entitled University begins, “Alaska’s oil revenue system is broken, and it’s killing Fairbanks jobs. UAF is getting gutted because we’re not getting a fair share for our oil.”

These ads were produced by Porcaro Communications, an Alaska firm with almost 40 decades of experience.

Ballot Measure will be decided by voters in the November 3 election.

Listen to the ads online here:

Marine Highway

Angry Guy


For additional information contact campaign manager David Dunsmore at (907)278-8000 (headquarters) or (907)830-4288 (cell). Learn more about Ballot Measure 1 at