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Hawkins Files for GOP Primary

Bill Walker proposed instituting an income tax.

Zach C. Cohen
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Zach C. Cohen
Sept. 25, 2017, 9:58 a.m.

“Anchorage businessman and political activist Scott Hawkins has joined the race for Alaska governor. … According to the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Hawkins filed a letter of intent that allows him to begin fundraising for the fall 2018 statewide primary. Hawkins intends to run as a Republican and will participate in that party’s primary. … He said he intends to kick off his campaign with a trip to Ketchikan next week.”

Hawkins: “The reason I’m running is people are really unhappy with the direction the state’s going right now. … I think there’s some reasons for that, and I think they’re fixable. I think I have the background and capability to fix these problems.”

“In letters and columns submitted to state newspapers, Hawkins has opposed a state income tax, has supported the idea of a voter-approved spending cap, and has supported the idea of spending a portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund’s earnings on government services. Earlier this year, Hawkins appeared in TV ads opposing House Bill 115, an income tax proposal passed by the Alaska House of Representatives.” (Juneau Empire)

JUNEAU IN OCTOBER. Gov. Bill Walker (I) “on Friday announced his latest tax proposal aimed at shrinking Alaska’s $2.5 billion deficit — a 1.5 percent tax on wages that stops at $2,200, or roughly $150,000 in income. The plan, which would raise an estimated $300 million, was unveiled Friday as Walker called the Alaska Legislature into a special session Oct. 23 — formalizing a decision he’d already broadcast last month.” (Alaska Dispatch News)

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