Gov. Bill Walker calls special session starting July 11th

    Walker singles out lack of capping PFD checks and implementation or raising of industry and personal taxes in proclamation announcing the call back to legislative action.

    Governor Bill Walker has held up his promise to call legislators back into another special session if they ended work without a comprehensive plan for dealing with the state's budget deficit.

    The legislature is set to reconvene special session on July 11th at 11 a.m.

    The main issue of contention in the Legislature's recent meetings has been Walker's bill to cap Permanent Fund Dividend checks, initially to $1,000 as passed by the Senate. A House Finance Committee rewrite saw a cap of $1,500, but in a narrow 5-6 vote, it was still shot down.

    In an executive proclamation announcing return of the legislature, the governor also highlighted a lack of legislation implementing or raising various taxes on the mining, fisheries, and oil and gas industries, as well as alcohol and tobacco taxes.

    Also on Governor Walker's list is a personal income tax, which Alaska has been without since 1980.

    In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Governor Walker stated that he won't realistically get all components of the comprehensive fiscal plan he wanted this year.

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