By D. K. "Dan" Lilja
June 29, 2007
Alaska representatives Thomas and Kertula have their work cut
out for them in Washington.
Washington's SB 5207 is a direct retaliation for Alaska's cruise
ship head tax if you haven't figured that one out yet.
Alaskans pay no state income tax or state sales tax. Last year
every Alaska citizen received a $1,106.96 gift from the state's
Permanent Fund savings account. In fiscal 2007, Alaska received
twice as much revenue from crude oil taxes, ear marks, and Permanent
Fund earnings than they spent on their state budget.
Despite having $39 billion in the bank, greedy Alaskans chose
to club hapless Washington, Californian, and other Lower 48
tourists over the head with a $50 head tax to grab another paltry
Alaskans can buy gifts, cars, or breakfast at I-hop and not pay
a nickel in Washington state sales tax. Alaskans use Washington
highways, bridges, airports, police, and many other public services
for free. Thousands of trucks coming from all over the Lower
48 rumble down Washington state highways to get to the Port of
Alaskans can whine all they want, but they will never get a better
deal than what the state of Washington is providing -- with or
without a container fee. Where can they go? Astoria, Oregon?
Vancouver, B.C.? Long Beach, CA? Idaho????? I don't think
D. K. "Dan" Lilja
San Diego, CA
Received June 28, 2007 - Published
June 29, 2007
Alaska Reps appointed to Washington
committee to work on container tax issue - Representatives Bill Thomas (R-Haines) and
Beth Kerttula (D-Juneau) have been appointed to a Washington
State committee to study the imposition of container fees which
could have far-reaching economic impact on Alaska. - More...
Monday - June 25, 2007
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