Sen. Kelly Releases Statement on House Democrats’ Income Tax
JUNEAU – Today, on the 89th day of the legislative session, the Alaska House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill, HB 115, that would impose an income tax on working Alaskans in the midst of a recession. In response, Senate President Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) released the following statement.
“The House is a co-equal chamber of the legislative branch, therefore, we plan to give the income tax proposal a fair hearing. That being said, reaching into the pockets of working Alaskans – when the state is in the grips of a recession – is absurd on its face. The state lost 9,000 jobs last year, and is expected to lose thousands more this year. This is the worst possible time to penalize people for having a job.
“The Senate Majority’s solution solves the state’s fiscal problem without taxes, which begs the question: why would we impose an income tax on working Alaskans when we don’t need to? As I’ve said many times, the only thing standing between Alaskans and an income tax is the Senate.”