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Quote of the week: Armchair quarterbacks

“Not my job. I hear that a lot as our economy continues to struggle. We need fewer armchair quarterbacks and more players.”

Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, dismissing citizen activist Brad Keithley for his critical analysis of the Alaska House Democrats’ tax-and-spend plan.

In other words, if your opinions differ from Rep. Spohnholz, she’s not listening.

On April 16, 2017, Spohnholz voted in favor of HB 115, which would have established an income tax in Alaska that would have generated between $600 million and $800 million in revenue for state government. Under the plan she voted for, a single person making $50,000 per year would pay nearly $1,000 in income taxes to the state, and receive a Permanent Fund dividend that was cut to $1,200 — from $2,000.

The result of the legislation, which failed in the Senate, would mean that by 2019 Alaskans making $50,000 would be paying to the State of Alaska about $2 for every $25 in income (we are designating the PFD cut as a defacto tax in that calculation).

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Holy crap- Someone finally wrote something on my representative. She is horrible and votes lock step with her party for every tax and Voted for SB 91. She doesn’t listen. She is so partisan. Bill Wielechowski is a saint an sometimes politically reasonable versuses Spohnholz. Lord I hope aomeone rums against her because im sending money to her opponent. She is that bad

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