Here we go again

It you can say anything about the Left-leaning, pro-tax members of our Assembly it is this: They never give up.

They again are setting sail to impose a 5 percent sales tax on alcohol, despite voters in Anchorage’s April election overwhelmingly nixing the idea, 54 percent to 46 percent.

If you will remember, the last time out some on the Assembly wanted the tax so badly, they offered to bribe the liquor industry with increased bar hours if it would just go along and not make a fuss.

The idea this time is the brainchild of Assembly Chairman Felix Rivera, and members Austin Quinn-Davidson and Forrest Dunbar. They project it will raise perhaps $15 million per year, money they say would be allocated specifically to fund police and first responders; combat child abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence; and fund substance abuse treatment, mental and behavioral health programs and to address homelessness.

To get the tax passed, they are asking voters to again dodge the city charter’s mandate that sales taxes require a supermajority, 60 percent voter approval, in favor, in this one case, of a simple majority.

Ignoring voters’ rejection of the sales tax and the notion of monkeying with the charter only eight months ago to push ahead again with virtually the same ideas is an insult to the 34,461 people who voted “no.” It is just another way to say, “We do not care what you think or want.”

Add to that: The assertion that the millions collected by the tax absolutely, positively, without doubt in the future will go to the specified categories boggles the mind. There is plenty of wiggle room. Assemblies do what assemblies do, and ours has proved it will do or say just about anything – including engaging in outright bribery – as its scratches for more money.

The Assembly blames its April failure on the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association, Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, which outspent the pro-tax group, Recover Alaska. That is silly. The tax idea sank because Anchorage residents believe such a levy is unfair, punitive and unnecessary, and they do not, with good reason, trust government.

If the tax idea – and the charter dodge that would make it possible – makes it the ballot again, and it will require eight Assembly members’ votes to pull that off, it likely again will fail, as such sales tax schemes have since 1984.

We can only wonder how long it would be before the Assembly tries again.

3 Responses to Here we go again

  1. Joe December 13, 2019 at 7:33 am

    What happen to all the Big Bucks from the sale of ML&P?
    You would think the Assembly would burning through that money building Palaces for the Street Bums.

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  2. Dave December 12, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Remember Amelia

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  3. R-Dubya December 11, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    It’s quite apparent, the Assembly is a Clear & Present Danger to the citizens of Anchorage … with no respect, obligation and/or duty to follow the city charter.
    Obviously, the only way to fight and conquer these abrogations is to replace them with Conservatives leaders which means Conservatives will have to show up on Election Day and VOTE(!) in overwhelming numbers.

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