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It’s a pretty sweet deal to live in Alaska. Aside from the cold and the neverending periods of darkness, of course.There’s no income tax or sales tax, and because of the oil and gas business, the state really pays for itself by taxing that.
On top of that Alaska pays you to live there; all residents receive a yearly check from the government with their share of the state’s oil and gas profits, lately in the ballpark of one to two grand a year per person.
But all of that is peanuts compared with the money brought in by Alaskan Senators in Washington, D.C.
In the past 40 years, the state has had only five people fill its array of Senatorial appointments. One of them even fathered another, and handed down the job like a family business.
It is because of the skilled work they do in Washington that the Alaskan delegation has been pulling in immense federal contracts for decades.
FACT: Col. Reinhard Koenig, the Commander of the Alaska District, was promoted to the Pentagon shortly after delivering this PowerPoint
The Corps of Engineers in Alaska has been flush with cash, but with defence cuts and sequestration coming, that could very well change
Most of the this year's projects involve barracks, fitness facilities, and what seems to be a really cool looking chapel
The most expensive projects are a Barracks at Richardson and a hangar at Wainwright, each going for $95 million
In 2014, there's a lot of little projects planned that add up to a much more significant number. A lot of this — Check out Clear Air Force Station work— seems to be for crucial purposes
This is where it gets to be huge for Alaskan civilians: the Corps of Engineers, despite the falling amount of defence-related work left to do, will have its hands completely full working on civilian projects
This map should hammer home how involved the Corps of Engineers is with civilian projects, they're working on more than 50 projects just right now.
In 2013, they're closing out a few Operations & Maintenance activities, but still keeping up on civilian projects
These environmental projects — fixing up former bases, mitigating impact on the local region, etc — are actually on the rise in FY 2013
The Corps of Engineers also serves as a monitoring and regulatory body for waterways in Alaska, protecting the largest area of any district in the country
In essence, the Corps of Engineers in Alaska is working on a huge number of projects serving both the Alaskan military and civilian community
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