Legislature(1993 - 1994)
05/08/1994 01:30 PM FIN
* first hearing in first committee of referral
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
SSSB 223: An Act relating to credits against certain taxes for contributions to certain public educational radio and television networks and stations; and providing for an effective date. Senator Robin Taylor, sponsor of SB 223, testified in support of the bill. Diane Kaplan, Alaska Public Radio Network, testified in support of SB 223 and answered questions from the committee. Senator Kerttula proposed conceptual amendment 1. Amendment 1 was ADOPTED. Co-chair Pearce clarified amendment 1 by stating that the University would remain the same and corporations would be allowed only one $50,000 tax credit. Senator Kelly proposed amendment 2 to include the Iditarod Trail Race. Amendment 2 FAILED. CSSSSB 223(FIN) was REPORTED out of committee with a "do pass," and zero fiscal notes for the Department of Revenue and Administration. SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL NO. 223: An Act relating to credits against certain taxes for contributions to certain public educational radio and television networks and stations; and providing for an effective date. Co-chair Pearce invited Senator Robin Taylor to the table to speak to SB 223. SENATOR ROBIN TAYLOR, sponsor of SB 223, said that in a public survey, 65.4 percent of the people surveyed said they would support a tax credit for corporations who contribute to public radio. The same credit was used by the University. He felt this was a way to wean public broadcasting from the state budget and for them to raise money on their own. He observed their budget had already been reduced 35 percent. Co-chair Pearce asked how he differentiated public broadcasting from all the other non-profit programs that received state grants money. She felt that this bill put Public Radio on a different level than, for example, domestic violence shelters. DIANE KAPLAN, Alaska Public Radio Network, spoke to this amendment. She anticipated 12 to 15 corporations in the state would take advantage of this tax credit. She felt the effect on the general fund would be quite minimal. The Department of Revenue had provided a zero fiscal note for two years. She listed the total effect of the existing University tax credit to be about $600,000. The goal for Public Radio for the first year was $100,000 for the endowment trust fund. In answer to Co-chair Pearce, Ms. Kaplan said that about half of the contributors targeted were not contributing currently. Senator Kerttula MOVED conceptual amendment 1 that removed "(2) 100 percent of the next $100,000 of contributions" from each section but not from the University. No objection being heard, amendment 1 was ADOPTED. Senator Kelly voiced his opinion that public television was no longer of value to the state of Alaska. He felt public radio still served the state, especially in the rural areas. He called the fiscal notes following this bill "bogus" pointing out that every dime that the public network received came directly out of the state general fund. Senator Kelly MOVED amendment 2 to include the Iditarod Trail Race in SB 223. Senator Jacko OBJECTED. Co-chair Pearce called for a show of hands and Amendment 2 FAILED on a vote of 4 to 3 (Senators Kerttula, Rieger, and Kelly were in support, Co-chairs Pearce and Frank, Senators Sharp and Jacko were opposed). After comments by Senator Sharp, Co-chair Pearce made it clear that an organization could receive only one $50,000 tax credit. Senator Jacko MOVED for passage of CSSSSB 223(FIN) from committee with individual recommendations. CSSSSB 223(FIN) was REPORTED out of committee with a "do pass," and zero fiscal notes for the Departments of Administration and Revenue. Co-chairs Pearce, Frank, Senators Kerttula, Kelly, Rieger, Sharp and Jacko signed "do pass." ADJOURNMENT The meeting was recessed at approximately 2:45 p.m.