Robert Vegas Bob Swetz - Who's ripping off Local Residents of Alaska?
Vegas Bob has spent over 90 days in a 4 month period in Anchorage, Wasilla, Seward, Fairbanks and other parts of Alaska.
With approx. 300,000 residents in Anchorage which is the largest city in Alaska, Vegas Bob is wondering "Why" certain things in AK are so "Expensive"???
Gasoline is approx. 50 cents per gallon more than Las Vegas.
Furniture is approx. 30-40% more than Las Vegas.
Groceries are 10-15% higher, and fresh produce is approx. 80 % higher than Las Vegas.
Property taxes in Anchorage are approx. twice as high as Las Vegas. Average home in Anchorage is ... $300,000 and even older homes built in the 70s & 80s.
Vegas Bob has had conversation with 'Local Residents" all over Alaska and here are their answers to my questions:
Products for consumers have to be shipped up from the "Lower 48" ... "Please"... 95% of the products that consumers purchase are from CHINA. So why should these products have to go through the Lower 48 before they hit Alaska.
Local Residents use to get $900 dollars per person in a household from the oil companies, which they have raised to $1600 dollars. And the oil has to be sent to the "Lower 48" to be refined and sent back to AK.
Alaska has it's own refineries, so "Why" aren't they being used?
And the "Locals" will also say to Vegas Bob ... Alaska doesn't have any STATE TAX! So this means nothing because all the products purchased in Alaska are 10-15% higher than the "Lower 48"
And the property taxes ... "Local" will say: There isn't anymore vacant land in Anchorage, "Blah-Blah-Blah" and property taxes ... WTF???
Oh ... The wages are so much higher in Alaska than the "Lower 48" ... Please, only people working for the oil companies are making the BIG money, just another lie!
Now Vegas Bob doesn't know if it's The British, Japanese, Chinese, "FEDERAL GOVERNMENT" or The State of Alaska that continues to ripping off "Local Residents" but Vegas Bob will continue to dig for information ;o(
So this being said, Vegas Bob is very saddened knowing that "Local Residents" continue to be ripped off ;o(
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