Group applauds lawmakers opposed to payroll tax hike
Anchorage, AK – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Alaska released a statement applauding lawmakers who chose not to act on a payroll tax hike proposed by the governor. The wage tax proposal, the original purpose for Gov. Walker convening the special session, would have increased the tax burden on working Alaskans by $300 million.
AFP-Alaska launched a five-figure campaign comprised of TV, digital, and radio ads placed throughout the state advocating against any tax increases during the special session.
“It’s encouraging to see lawmakers stand up to Gov. Walker and his tax and spend allies in the House,” said AFP-Alaska State Director Jeremy Price. “Recent information from the Department of Revenue shows the legislature can do a lot more to shrink the size of government, which would help put us on a path toward fiscal responsibility. Our budget does not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.”
Before the tax was brought up for consideration, budget presentations by the Department of Revenue (DOR) in the Senate Finance Committee revealed the state underestimated incoming revenue by roughly $300 million. It also indicated oil prices are trending “slightly higher” than anticipated while forecasting steady oil production into the next fiscal year.
A separate presentation by the DOR also revealed the operating budget, a reflection of the size and scope of the state government, has only been reduced by 16 percent over the last three fiscal years. Prior to calling the special session, Gov. Walker claimed he has cut state spending by 44 percent in that same time period, which isn’t an accurate description of reducing the size of government.
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Submitted by John Rich