HR 11 am: Urging the Washington House of Representatives and the Governor of the State of Washington to reject Senate Bill 5974, imposing a tax of $.06 per gallon on gasoline and diesel fuel.
00 HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 11 am 01 Urging the Washington House of Representatives and the Governor of the State of 02 Washington to reject Senate Bill 5974, imposing a tax of $.06 per gallon on gasoline and 03 diesel fuel. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: 05 WHEREAS this state and the State of Washington enjoy a cooperative, 06 interconnected, and mutually beneficial relationship; and 07 WHEREAS maintaining that strong relationship is in the best interests of the 08 residents of both states; and 09 WHEREAS Senate Bill 5974, under consideration by the Washington State 10 Legislature, would impose a tax of $.06 per gallon on gasoline and diesel fuel exported to the 11 state from Washington; and 12 WHEREAS this state provides oil necessary for Washington fuel refineries; and 13 WHEREAS the proposed tax violates the intent, if not the letter, of the Commerce 14 Clause in art. I, sec. 8, Constitution of the United States; and 15 WHEREAS no state should initiate a trade war against its neighbor state; and
01 WHEREAS the proposed tax would place a substantial and undue burden on residents 02 of this state for the purpose of funding projects and offsetting business costs in the State of 03 Washington; and 04 WHEREAS residents of this state should not be subject to taxation without 05 representation; and 06 WHEREAS fishermen, fish processors, shippers, business owners, commuters, 07 municipalities, villages, and residents of this state have demanded that the Alaska House of 08 Representatives take immediate steps to stop this unjustified tax and, if necessary, pursue the 09 passage of reciprocal legislation; and 10 WHEREAS the fisheries, shipping, and other related commerce in this state provide 11 tremendous benefits to Washington's economy and residents, as well as the Port of Tacoma, 12 the Port of Seattle, other ports in Puget Sound, and surrounding businesses; 13 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska House of Representatives finds the proposed fuel 14 export tax on this state to be in direct conflict with the intent of the United States Constitution; 15 and be it 16 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska House of Representatives implores the 17 Washington State Legislature to strike the tax proposed in Senate Bill 5974 without further 18 delay; and be it 19 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska House of Representatives urges 20 Washington Governor Jay Inslee to publicly denounce this proposed tax and commit to 21 vetoing the legislation if it reaches the governor's desk with that provision intact; and be it 22 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska House of Representatives will take 23 whatever actions are necessary to block this unprovoked and reckless action against residents 24 of our state, who should never be subject to unfair trade practices or taxation without 25 representation.