Legislature(2017 - 2018)
2017-01-18 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2017-01-18 House Journal Page 0048 HB 60 HOUSE BILL NO. 60 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to the motor fuel tax; relating to the disposition of revenue from the motor fuel tax; relating to a transportation maintenance fund; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Transportation and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Zero, Dept. of Transportation & Public Facilities 2. Fiscal, Dept. of Revenue The Governor's transmittal letter dated January 17 follows: "Dear Speaker Edgmon: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18 of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to the taxation of motor fuels. The bill would raise the tax rates on the categories of motor fuel currently taxed under AS 43.40.010 (motor fuel tax) by increasing the currently outdated tax rates on motor fuels, including all motor fuel sold or transferred within the state, aviation gasoline, aviation fuel other than gasoline and motor fuel used in and on watercraft. The tax increase would be phased in, with a first increase effective July 1, 2017, and the second increase effective July 1, 2018. The two-part implementation approach in the bill will assist in easing the transition to a more practical tax base. 2017-01-18 House Journal Page 0049 While the proposed tax increase may appear to represent a significant increase, the tax rates on motor fuel sold or transferred within the state have not been raised in many years; for example, the tax on highway fuel has remained at eight cents a gallon since 1970. This bill would bring Alaska's tax rate on highway fuel very close to the current national average of 25 cents a gallon. Further, this bill would establish as AS 43.40.040 the transportation maintenance fund in the general fund. Included in this fund would be the existing special highway fuel tax account (AS 43.40.010(g)), the special nonpublic highway use account (AS 43.40.010(j)), and the special watercraft fuel tax account (AS 43.40.010(f)) for revenue generated by the tax. This approach clarifies how motor fuels taxes are accounted for in order to allow the Legislature to appropriate funds for the purposes set out in each account in the transportation maintenance fund, including the direct capital, operating, or maintenance costs of water and harbor, and highway infrastructure. Thank you for your consideration of this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Bill Walker Governor"