Walker's tax proposals land with thud in Alaska Legislature

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker's newly repackaged tax proposals have landed with a thud in the Alaska Legislature, with criticism over having all the pieces rolled together and questions about the overall impact.

    Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016 4:04pm by Colt Dylan

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker's newly repackaged tax proposals have landed with a thud in the Alaska Legislature, with criticism over having all the pieces rolled together and questions about the overall impact.

    Sen. Mia Costello asked Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck why bother with this, noting that the package would only address a small portion of the estimated multibillion-dollar state deficit.

    Hoffbeck said that every bit helps and that Walker wanted to spread the burden of balancing the budget as much as he could.

    The big difference with the tax bills between the regular and special sessions is that instead of handling them separately, the administration bundled them.

    Hoffbeck said legislators could break the pieces out again, but treating them as a package provides an opportunity to consider them as a whole.

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