Found in the Juneau Empire’s story on the tax-and-crime special session today was this response from Rep. Chris Tuck, who currently serves as majority leader for the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
The second runner-up for the quote of the week comes from Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan, another Democrat quoted in the same story:
Egan applauded the governor’s tax proposal.
“We have a problem and we have to fix it,” he said. “I’m really pleased about the governor not doing a sales tax, which is great for my district because all of my communities have a sales tax already.”
Egan went on to show his enthusiasm about the 50 (or likely 60) revenue agents that would be hired to administer the new income tax. That would be good for Juneau, he said.
“It’s going to cause an increase in employees, which is fine with me as long as they’re in Juneau,” Egan told the Empire.
Egan has justified collecting per diem while living at home in Juneau by pointing out that he would be able to wear blue jeans rather than a coat and tie if not for being in the Legislature.