SJR 40: Relating to the fisheries management fee proposed by President Clinton.

00SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 40 01 Relating to the fisheries management fee proposed by President Clinton. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS President Clinton has proposed in his Fiscal Year 1999 budget a fisheries 04 management fee to fund the management and enforcement services of the National Oceanic 05 and Atmospheric Administration; and 06 WHEREAS the proposed fisheries management fee would be derived from a tax of 07 up to one percent on the ex-vessel value of all fish harvested by commercial fishermen; and 08 WHEREAS Alaska commercial fishermen would pay between $10,000,000 and 09 $12,000,000 of the $20,000,000 in annual revenue the fisheries management fee is expected 10 to generate from all fisheries nationwide; and 11 WHEREAS the proposed management fee would impose a unique burden on Alaska 12 commercial fishermen who produce more fish than the rest of the United States combined; and 13 WHEREAS the proposed management fee would have a negative effect on the 14 economic competitiveness of the Alaska seafood industry; and

01 WHEREAS the seafood industry is the largest source of private sector jobs in Alaska; 02 and 03 WHEREAS commercial fishermen and seafood processors in Alaska are already 04 burdened with a variety of taxes and user fees, including a raw fish tax, marine fuel tax, 05 licensing fees, fishery landing tax, salmon enhancement tax, seafood marketing tax, and 06 seafood marketing assessment; and 07 WHEREAS the total value in 1995 of the above-mentioned taxes and user fees 08 exceeded $68,000,000; 09 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully opposes the 10 imposition of the proposed fisheries management fee; and be it 11 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully urges the 12 Governor and the Alaska delegation in Congress to oppose the proposed fisheries management 13 fee and work to ensure the fee is not included in the Fiscal Year 1999 federal budget approved 14 by the Congress. 15 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the 16 United States; the Honorable Al Gore, Jr., Vice President of the United States and President 17 of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. House of 18 Representatives; the Honorable Trent Lott, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; and to the 19 Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the 20 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.