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Here are some of the few issues that are on Alaska CHARR's radar lately.... If you have questions about these issue give us a call!
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.
Title IV Rewrite
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Statewide Smoking Ban
Senate Bill 63 was authored by Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche (R-Soldatna). The bill has passed a number of committees and is currently in the Judiciary Committee in the Senate. It has stalled there for the remainder of the 2017 sessions and will likely be picked back up in the 2018 Legislative session. Watch here for updates.