State Senate president responds to Governor's head tax proposal

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Senate President Pete Kelly says his majority welcomes additional discussion on the state's fiscal problems which they believe are best addressed by reducing government budgets and instituting a spending limit.

    Kelly said, "We have asked the administration, before new taxes on working Alaskans are considered, to provide a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes reductions in spending, and a revised revenue forecast with responsible estimates of oil price and production.

    Kelly explains that with that information in hand, the Senate will be able to accurately determine what, if any, actions must be taken to raise additional revenue.  "We want to make it clear that any complete plan to address our fiscal problem cannot solely reach into Alaskans' pockets for more government money, but must include budget restrictions.  Government has to do its part," he said.

    The Senate President said his majority supports a special session to address crime. The Senate has already approved the fix to the crime bill approved in the previous Legislature.  He said, "We offer our support to the House to do the same, and stand by to work out any differences."

    The Governor's call includes passage of Senate Bill 54.


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