State Director Denny DeWitt reports from Juneau on the small-business agenda for the legislative week ending May 12.
“I have never understood why it is greed to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.” — Thomas Sowell, economist.
House Bill 115, the income tax bill, was defeated on the Senate floor May 12 on a vote of 4 yes and 15 no. NFIB strongly opposed the bill. It was a Key Vote for NFIB, which delivered its notice to all senators.
House Bill 25, mandating 12-month contraceptive coverage in insurance plans, passed out of the House Finance Committee May 12. NFIB continues its opposition to mandated of any kind. During committee discussions, Rep. Tammie Wilson continued to reference NFIB’s opposition and reasons for that opposition. The bill passed on a 7-4 vote.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
House Bill 142, which would increase the unemployment insurance benefit and tax, was heard and held in the House Finance Committee. NFIB informed the committee of its opposition.
The Legislature has scheduled a conference committee on the budget bills, scheduled a joint session to consider the Gov. Bill Walker’s appointments, and scheduled conference committee on Senate Bill 26 dealing with the permanent fund dividend and earnings reserve. It is likely that the Legislature may extend for the allowable 10 days beyond the constitutional 121-day limit, but the end may be in sight.
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[Tile photo of Senate Finance Committee courtesy of The Alaska State Legislature website.]