Rep. Chris Tuck

Rep. Chris Tuck
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  May 30, 2017

Statewide Fiscal Survey

Dear Neighbors,

In January, the Senate Majority polled Alaskans on a variety of topics relating to Alaska’s budget situation. The results showed Alaskans favor a comprehensive fiscal plan that includes reducing tax credits for the oil and gas industry, a broad-based tax, and continuing to fully fund K12 education.

 Rep. Tuck was recently honored by a visit from constituent Dr. Gabriel Garcia, Associate Professor of Public Health at UAA.
Rep. Tuck was recently honored by a visit from constituent Dr. Gabriel Garcia, Associate Professor of Public Health at UAA.

This session I joined with other legislators in forming a new nonpartisan House Majority Coalition with the specific purpose of saving jobs and protecting our economy.  We plan to achieve these goals in three ways:

  1. Getting rid of structural deficits, which are an unsustainable imbalance between revenues and expenditures.
  2. A meaningful capital budget which will allow us to fully utilize federal funds, and to replace and repair essential infrastructure.
  3. A fiscal plan that does not unfairly burden one group of Alaskans over another.

Together our coalition developed and passed a complete fiscal plan including deep budget cuts, a guaranteed PFD, income tax, full funding for K12 education, and changes to oil company taxes and credits.

Unfortunately, our plan was rejected by the Senate Majority, which favors a Permanent Fund-only plan that is unfair to regular Alaskans and would lead us on the road to economic ruin.  The Senate plan would not close the budget gap and would rapidly drain our savings.  It would require slashing public education, closing Pioneer homes, and a loss of basic state services including public safety and road maintenance.

Now that the Governor has called the Legislature into special session to keep working towards a complete fiscal plan for Alaska, we would like to again hear from you on the same topics as the original poll.

Please take a moment to complete the survey so we can learn more about how to best represent the wishes of the Alaskan people:

Click here to take the survey!  

Old survey results here.

Here are links to calculators to let you get a rough idea of possible impacts on your own household:

Household cost of Senate Majority PFD cap.

Household cost of House Majority Income Tax.

Thank you, and have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Warm regards,

[signed] Chris Tuck
      Chris Tuck
      Alaska State Representative
      District 23 - Anchorage


 

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