SJR 11: Urging the United States Congress to amend the tax code to repeal the federal excise tax on communications.
00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 11 01 Urging the United States Congress to amend the tax code to repeal the federal excise tax 02 on communications. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the federal excise tax on communications was enacted in 1898 for the 05 purpose of funding the Spanish-American War; and 06 WHEREAS the tax was introduced as a "temporary" luxury tax; and 07 WHEREAS telephone service is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity for 08 consumers of all income levels; and 09 WHEREAS the federal excise tax is regressive, as low-income Americans pay a 10 higher percentage of their income for telephone services than high-income Americans; and 11 WHEREAS the Internet and other new technologies depend on the 12 telecommunications infrastructure, so the telecommunications excise tax discourages 13 expansion not only of the telephone infrastructure but also of new technologies; and 14 WHEREAS the federal excise tax on telecommunications flows into the general fund, 15 rather than being earmarked for a specific purpose; and 16 WHEREAS the United States Congress passed a repeal of the federal excise tax on
01 telecommunications in 2000, which was vetoed by President Clinton; 02 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature requests the members of the 03 Alaska delegation to the United States Congress to support a repeal of the federal excise tax 04 on communications. 05 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the 06 Honorable Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 07 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.