Walker breaks up tax proposals after legislative pushback

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker is breaking his tax proposals apart again after legislators pushed back on his decision to bundle them together for the special session.

    Posted Friday, May 27th, 2016 2:00pm by Colt Dylan

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker is breaking his tax proposals apart again after legislators pushed back on his decision to bundle them together for the special session.

    Walker on Friday introduced four separate bills in the House, relating to tax increases on motor fuels and the fishing and mining industries and reinstituting a personal income tax.

    During the regular session, Walker introduced his tax proposals as separate bills. But some legislators expressed reluctance to move forward with an increase on one group not knowing if other taxes would pass.

    The administration rolled all the tax pieces together for the special session, but some saw that as problematic since a legislator might like certain pieces but not others.

    Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang says this approach should make it easier for legislators to move the pieces they have agreement on and want.

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