NFIB continues push to get petty theft bill passed in a Legislature that seems to want to concentrate on only a few measures
NFIB/Alaska State Director Denny DeWitt reports from Juneau on the small-business agenda for the legislative week ending May 5.
It has been a slow week in the Legislature. The Senate has been hearing testimony on the House proposal for increases in the petroleum taxes and little else. The House has been listening to experts on why an income tax is wonderful. Little else has happened.
The Senate has had no further hearings on House Bill 115, the income tax bill. As we reported NFIB testified against it in the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee and continues its strong opposition.
The hearings on Senate Bill 54 and Senate Bill 55, correcting problems with last year’s crime bill, were both canceled this week. We continue working to get these passed this year. NFIB-member emails to Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins helped get more attention on the issue. While SB 54 hearing was postponed, there is activity behind the scenes, knowing of its important to small businesses.
Next week House Bill 142, the increase in the unemployment insurance tax and benefit, is scheduled to be heard in the House Finance Committee. Just one more shot at small businesses by the current House majority. NFIB continues its strong opposition.
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[Tile photo of House Finance Committee courtesy of The Alaska State Legislature website.]