Senate kills income tax
The Alaska Senate on Friday voted 15-4 to kill an income tax proposed by the House, all but ensuring the Alaska’s multibillion-dollar deficit will not be solved this year.
Most of those in opposition said they refuse to raise taxes on Alaskans during a recession.
“The Senate enthusiastically ended discussion, at least for this year, on the idea of penalizing them for having a job,” Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, said after the vote. “It’s not good for the economy, it’s not good for Alaska, it’s not good for our future. Most of all, it’s not needed.”
Another senator, Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, compared the state government’s spending habits to an opioid addict.
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