Members of the Alaska House Finance Committee showed a notable lack of enthusiasm Tuesday as they heard details of Gov. Bill Walker’s omnibus tax bill for the first time.
House Bill 4001, nicknamed “tax-i-bus” by Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, incorporates seven different tax measures previously offered by Walker during the Legislature’s regular session.
If the bill were to pass the House and Senate, then be signed into law, state taxes on gasoline, tobacco, alcohol, fishing, and mining would rise. Alaska would have an income tax for the first time since the 1980s.