State of Alaska Archives: on Tax Reform

Bill Walker: Proposes modest increase in income tax

I'm proposing a modest income tax linked to the federal income tax. It amounts to less than 1 percent of the gross income for the average Alaskan. We selected an income tax over a sales tax for a couple of reasons. We wanted out-of-state workers who commute back and forth to Alaska to contribute to the solution. We also were sensitive to local governments that already have a sales tax. We didn't want to stack a state sales tax on top of a local sales tax.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Alaska legislature Jan 21, 2016

Bill Walker: Increase on alcohol and tobacco tax

We are also proposing an increase to the alcohol and tobacco tax. I think of these as user fees. Alaskans are free to make their own choices, but there are significant public health and safety costs related to alcohol and tobacco use. These hit our general fund hard, and these taxes help offset those costs.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Alaska legislature Jan 21, 2016

Cean Stevens: Business taxes and individual property taxes are too high

Q: Taxation on industries in Alaska is... higher than it should be, about right; or lower than it should be?

A: Generally higher than it should be.

Q: Taxation on individual citizens in Alaska is... higher than it should be, about right; or lower than it should be?

A: Property taxes are way too high

Source: Alaska Dispatch News on 2016 Alaska Senate race Oct 29, 2014

Sean Parnell: Eliminate progressivity & create a simpler 25% tax

Our laws give tax credits based on how much money companies spend in oil fields, not based on how much of that spending leads to production. While Alaskans haven't always seen eye to eye on these issues, we can all see the obvious: Unless we restore balance to our tax system, our oil fields will become obsolete. We must make reforms--and we must make them now. Waiting only makes this problem worse.

By eliminating progressivity, and rebalancing capital tax credit payments, we can create a simpler 25 percent tax. Gone will be the old arguments about what qualifies for the capital expenditure credits. Gone will be the need to calculate progressivity each month.

What will remain will be a more balanced, more competitive, and more predictable tax system, one with greater protections for Alaskans at lower oil prices, in exchange for lower taxes at higher oil prices.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to 28th Alaska Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Sean Parnell: Meaningful tax reform; cut spending by $856M

We will be wise stewards of our citizens' money. I have proposed a balanced budget that holds the line on government spending, so we can add nearly $4 billion to our savings accounts for future years. This budget reduces total expenditures by $856 million without shortchanging important investments. It includes more than $1 billion for infrastructure projects; it forces agencies to save where they can--eliminating 288 vacant positions--so we can spend where we must.

Tonight I'm asking each of you to vote yes on meaningful tax reform. The logic is clear: Meaningful tax reform means Alaska will have a more competitive economy. A more competitive Alaska economy means more investment in Alaska. More investment in Alaska means more oil production. And more oil production means a bigger economic pie for Alaskans. In addition to lowering taxes, we are working to increase oil production by streamlining the State's permitting processes.

Source: Alaska 2012 State of the State Address Jan 18, 2012

Joe Miller: Eliminate income tax; support the FairTax

Source: Alaska Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Mead Treadwell: Signed Taxpayer Protection Pledge

According to a press release from Mead Treadwell's campaign for lieutenant governor, the candidate signed a pledge "to oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes" in front of the audience gathered for the Mat-Su Republican Women's Club candidates forum on Saturday. The so-called "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" is part of a national effort conducted by the group Americans for Tax Reform. After Treadwell signed the promise, he urged his Republican primary opponents, Jay Ramras and Eddie Burke, to do the same. "Eddie Burke accepted and signed but Jay Ramras did not," reports the press release. Take it for what you will, but we admit this pledge has us confused about who exactly protects taxpayers. We always thought law enforcement officers, firefighters and members of the military protected taxpayers, but now it appears political candidates do.
Source: Alaska Dispatch, "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" May 24, 2010

Sean Parnell: Suspend the state motor fuel tax since we have enough money

Where the State of Alaska has enough money to get by, we ought to return some of it to the people. That is why I proposed suspending the state motor fuel tax for two years. The state's road maintenance money is in no way tied to the amount of the fuel tax. So where the state can responsibly give the people's money back, we ought to do it.
Source: Alaska 2010 State of the State Address Jan 20, 2010

Sarah Palin: $60M annually for municipal revenue sharing

Governor Sarah Palin today thanked legislators for their efforts in passing Senate Bill 72. SB 72, pertaining to municipal revenue sharing, sets up a structure for distributing $60 million each year to local governments for the next three years.

“As a former mayor and city council member, it is my belief that services are best provided at the most local level possible,” Governor Palin said. “I am pleased that Senate members have committed to fund municipal revenue sharing for the next three years. They took our proposal and made it better, and I appreciate them for working together to accomplish this.“

Under municipal revenue sharing, the state distributes funds to the municipalities of Alaska. The local entities have discretionary use of the funds, which can be used for a variety of purposes such as providing larger communities the ability to offer tax relief to its residents and providing smaller communities with funds to help support basic municipal services.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: press release, “Senate Bill 72” Mar 12, 2008

Sarah Palin: Eliminate taxes that inhibit business

I will propose reducing or eliminating burdensome taxes on our citizens like business license fees and the tire tax. After our citizens, our state treasure is our commonly-owned natural resources. Fifty years ago, our Constitution’s founders established lofty goals and ironclad promises to be self-sufficient and self-determined wise use of resources.
Source: 2008 State of the State Address to 25th Alaska Legislature Jan 15, 2008

Sarah Palin: Repeal “nuisance taxes” including the tire tax

To help Alaska’s families, and small businesses (the backbone of our local economies), I propose to repeal “nuisance taxes” including the tire tax--we shouldn’t make Alaskans pay a premium to keep families safe driving Alaska’s roads. And we’ll significantly reduce business license fees. Taxes which send the wrong message by financially discouraging our small businesses.
Source: 2007 State of the State Address to 24th Alaska Legislature Jan 17, 2007

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