House Democrats’ Income Tax “Leaves No Dollar Untouched"
Alaskans Can Share Opinions on Proposed Tax Bill in Public Testimony Wednesday
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Juneau, Alaska – Alaskans can let legislators know how they feel about the latest state income tax proposal from now until Wednesday.
House Bill 115 is how the Democrat-led Majority plans to collect an income tax. As amended, it would demand $1,792 from a single Alaskan earning $75,000, while a couple with two children would pay $858. The median household income for Alaska is $72,515.
“This new income tax bill goes after Alaskans in every way,” said Rep. Tammie Wilson (R-North Pole). “It taxes everything from personal income, capital gains, pensions and more. For most Alaskans the only thing their PFD will be used for is paying this tax.”
"Before we ask Alaskans to pay for state government, we have a moral obligation to make sure we spend state dollars as efficiently as possible,” said Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su). “The Democrats’ budget passed doesn’t meet that obligation. Instead, it actually increases the governor’s budget."
Alaskans can send in their thoughts by email to The House Finance Committee at HouseFinance@akleg.gov. To share testimony in person Wednesday visit a Legislative Information Office in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau or other location from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Testimony will continue from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from any other LIO’s. You can also call (907)586-9085. Testifiers must sign up 30 minutes in advance and will be limited to 2 minutes of speaking.
"I find it troubling that the Democratic Majority seems committed to saddling Alaskans with a more than $650 million income tax bill, after flatly rejecting every budget cut offered by House Republicans, which would have reduced spending by over $300 million,” said Republican Leader Charisse Millett. “I reject the notion that we cannot reduce spending any further.”
For more information contact press secretary Mallory Walser at Mallory.Walser@akleg.gov