Jeremy Price says it’s time Gov. Bill Walker focuses on shrinking the scope of government, not on taxing an ever-shrinking number of employed Alaskans with a “payroll tax.”
Price’s organization, Americans for Prosperity – Alaska has launched a multi-media campaign to oppose the new Walker payroll tax.
Walker describes the tax as a “capped hybrid income tax,” Price said. It is the fourth time the governor has called lawmakers to Juneau to approve new revenue, including a fuel tax and an “education head tax.”
“Gov. Walker and the House continue to insist on more taxes while Alaska is in a recession and leads the nation in unemployment,” Price said.
“Alaska small businesses are the backbone of our communities and we must do all that we can to protect and aid their growth. Increasing their tax burden would cause more financial stress they can’t afford.”
The campaign that Americans for Prosperity launched features small business owners from around the state describing how taxes would hurt their business. The campaign will use every medium to reach Alaskans, including TV ads, radio ads, digital ads, and mailers. Digital ads will start this week and continue through the beginning of special session, Oct. 23.
Alaska has the highest unemployment rate in the United States. The state budget is $4.5 billion. The average 322,000 people who are employed in the state would shoulder the burden of the Walker Payroll Tax.