Senate Bill 63 was authored by Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna). The bill passed its first committee on a 5-0 vote, and is currently moving through committees. This bill appears to have the votes to pass the full Senate..
Please email your elected representative and tell them you oppose this bill.
Under current law, your community has the right to decide for itself whether there can be smoking in bars. Senate Bill 63 is going to take that decision away from you, unless you take action to stop it.
Increase in Alcohol Tax
The state faces some very serious financial decisions as it addresses the $3.5 billion deficit. Some changes are inevitable. Sovereign wealth funds, revenue enhancements and budget cuts will all be in play. In most categories Alaska is the least taxed state. The one exception is alcohol taxes. We pay the highest excise tax in the nation on wine and the second highest on beer and spirits. The governor proposed a doubling of the alcohol tax.
Alaska CHARR strongly opposes any increase in alcohol taxes. We are paying some of the highest taxes in the nation and the state should not look to us to solve the state's budget crisis. We are already making significant contributions.
Increase in Minimum Wage
Minimum wage increases have a crushing effect on businesses, like bars and restaurants, which operate on slim profit margins and the misnomer that the majority of their employees are minimum wage workers.