Enrolled SJR 11: Urging the United States Congress to amend the tax code to repeal the federal excise tax on communications.
00Enrolled SJR 11 01 Urging the United States Congress to amend the tax code to repeal the federal excise tax on 02 communications. 03 _______________ 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS the federal excise tax on communications was enacted in 1898 for the 06 purpose of funding the Spanish-American War; and 07 WHEREAS the tax was introduced as a "temporary" luxury tax; and 08 WHEREAS telephone service is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity for 09 consumers of all income levels; and 10 WHEREAS the federal excise tax is regressive, as low-income Americans pay a 11 higher percentage of their income for telephone services than high-income Americans; and 12 WHEREAS the Internet and other new technologies depend on the 13 telecommunications infrastructure, so the telecommunications excise tax discourages 14 expansion not only of the telephone infrastructure but also of new technologies; and 15 WHEREAS the federal excise tax on telecommunications flows into the general fund, 16 rather than being earmarked for a specific purpose; and 17 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.