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UFA Legislative Update: June 6, 2016

Fish taxes HB 4006 on House floor – today. Contents:
  1. Short Version: let your House representatives know how you feel about increased fishery taxes
  2. Special Session Summary – Fish Taxes
  3. Income Tax – Fishing crew withholding and employer/employees removed
  4. Operating Budget
  5. Fish-related bill that passed
  6. Bills that did not pass
  7. Appointment Confirmations
  1. Short version: Contact your legislators: Let your House Representative know how you feel about increased fishery taxes, as HB 4006 is headed for House floor vote, in second reading, with possible amendments, and may or may not come to a vote - today beginning at 1:00 PM.
Gavel to gavel coverage should be available…
  1. Special Session Summary – Fish Taxes:
Governor Walker called the legislature back for a special session of up to 30 days beginning on May 23, immediately after the end of the...
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UFA Legislative Update: April 22, 2016

From UFA President Jerry McCune: The Alaska legislature has been focused on broader issues this week, with little or no movement on fisheries legislation we have been tracking. It is not clear how long they will continue to meet in the extended session. What has happened and current status: 1. Fishing industry taxes: House Finance Committee heard public testimony last Friday evening (4/15) on CSHB249  which combines HB251 Fisheries TaxesHB  253 mining taxes, and HB 249 Motor Fuel Tax, as well as income tax bill HB 250 . Thanks to the many fishermen and families that called in to testify. Related news coverage: Package of tax hikes on fishing, mining and fuel stalls By: DJ Summers, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Wed, 04/20/2016 http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-04-20/package-tax-hikes-fishing-mining-and-fuel-stalls The House Finance committee had scheduled these for Saturday 4/16 but those hearings were cancelled and they have not scheduled them since, focusing instead on new legislation 
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UFA Legislative Update: April 15, 2016

From UFA President Jerry McCune: Wheels that were spinning have gotten some traction in the last few days. We expect lots of late night action here as the legislature enters the final weekend of the regularly scheduled session… Tune in or call in to House Finance Committee meeting this evening at 7:00 PM for public comment on HB249 (Fisheries Taxes) and HB 250 (Income Tax): HEARING: (H) FIN Apr 15 7:00 PM HOUSE FINANCE 519 -- Public Testimony Limited to 2 min. each -- - The toll free call in number is 844-586-9085  - call when the meeting begins at 7 pm – See Industry Taxes and Income Taxes below… Finance committee is expected to continue through the weekend – check the links on the bills below for new hearings scheduled. Industry taxes: House Finance Committee is addressing taxes for fisheries and mining industries and the motor fuel tax together in an omnibus bill under CS HB...
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UFA Legislative Update: April 8, 2016

For the remainder of the regularly scheduled session through Sunday April 17. From UFA President Jerry McCune: The legislature is now on 24 hour notice. Legislative committees can take up a bill with 24 hr notice, and can add any bill that has already had a hearing in the committee to a meeting without notice, under “bills previously heard”. The House and Senate Conference committee has begun organizational meetings today for reconciliation between House and Senate versions of HB 256 operating budget bills. The conference committee includes Senators Kelly (Chair), Mackinnon, and Hoffman and House Representatives Neuman (Chair), Thompson, and Gara. As of Friday April 8 at 4:00 pm, the only fishery related bill with a scheduled hearing is: CSHB 286(RES) – Fish and Game Violations – House Judiciary Committee - April 09 1:00 PM We expect a new version of HB 112 related to the CFEC to be heard in House Resources...
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UFA Legislative Update: April 1, 2016

From UFA President Jerry McCune: This week has been busy with committees looking to hear multiple bills, vet appointees for confirmation to state boards, and move forward those that may be headed for passage & confirmation. House Finance was scheduled to hear HB 250 regarding personal income taxes Thursday, but did not get to it and it is now scheduled for Tuesday April 5 at 5:00 pm, and on Friday April 8 at 1:30. This bill as drafted includes a general individual income tax of seven percent of federal tax liability, and reclassification of fishermen & crew as employers & employees for this purpose. Most interesting is a requirement for fishermen to withhold the estimated state tax liability equal to seven percent of the crew member’s federal tax liability. We look forward to the discussion of how you would have this information to order to comply – and possible amendments. As we write,...
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