State Senate Kills Income Tax Proposal

Published: May. 15, 2017 at 9:43 PM AKDT
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The Alaska Senate has voted down a proposed state income tax, making official the Republican-led majority's long-stated opposition to the measure.

Bills usually don't reach the floor if they lack support.

But Republican senators said they wanted to leave no doubt in Alaskans' minds where the Senate stood.

Senate President Pete Kelly said the Senate would not "penalize Alaskans for having a job."

House Speaker Bryce Edgmon characterized the vote as a setback.

Edgmon leads a House coalition that has seen a broad-based tax, like an income tax, as a key piece in a plan to address Alaska's multibillion-dollar deficit.

Edgmon thinks there might be room for negotiation on other revenue options.