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Protect Permanent Fund and Avoid Income Tax; Public testimony request on state operating budget


March 01, 2017
Wednesday PM

(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - There's a small window for your voice to be heard on Alaska's most pressing issue: the state operating budget.

The Alaska House Majority Coalition has proposed to take over $4-billion from the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve and add an income tax to pay for government spending.

"We haven't made enough government reductions to justify taking money from Alaskans through the use of the earnings reserve and a statewide income tax," says Republican Whip Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski).

"If you have any hope of being part of the budget process and forcing reductions to the footprint of state government, it is essential that you testify during this week's public testimony," says Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Wasilla).

"This plan would be devastating to Alaskans. It hurts the permanent fund and the ability to pay future dividends," says Rep. Tammie Wilson (R-North Pole).

Public testimony will begin Thursday afternoon and is limited to two minutes per person. You'll need to visit your local Legislative Information Office to testify. The LIO is located in Ketchikan at 1900 First Ave, Suite 310, White Cliff building.

A full list of Legislative Information Offices is available at

Public Testimony Schedule

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 1-6 pm

1-3:30 pm Homer, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-Su & Seward
3:45-6 pm Barrow, Dillingham & Fairbanks

In the case of postponement, Thursday’s public testimony will be rescheduled as follows:

Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 3-5 pm – Homer, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-Su & Seward
Monday, March 6, 2017 – 1:30-3:45 pm – Barrow, Dillingham & Fairbanks

Friday, March 3, 2017 1-6 PM

1-3 pm Anchorage
3:15-4:45 pm Sitka, Petersburg, Delta Junction, Unalaska, Glennallen & Tok
5-6 pm Off Net sites

Saturday, March 4, 2017 9 AM – 5 PM

9-10 am Bethel, Cordova, Kotzebue, Nome, Valdez, Wrangell
10-11 am Off Net sites
1-3 pm Juneau

3 – 5 pm Overflow Public Testimony as needed

Email Testimony: If you live in a community with a legislative information office, but are unable to access it during the specified time period, you may send your written testimony to the House Finance Committee via through 5 pm, Saturday, March 4, 2017.


Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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