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Union Heads Fundraise for Walker

The governor proposed cutting the PFD and instituting a payroll tax.

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Zach C. Cohen
Dec. 18, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

Union representatives will hold a fundraiser “Dec. 18 at the home of former Gov. Bill Sheffield (D), including state AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami, who [was] ‘instrumental in Walker’s first win’”; “Tom Wescott, head of the firefighters’ union”; and “Joey Merrick, business manager for Laborers’ Local 341.” (Must Read Alaska)

“Walker on Friday put forth an ambitious budget proposal that would, if approved by lawmakers, for the first time use Alaska Permanent Fund earnings for the operations of state government. As a side measure, the governor is proposing a modified 1.5 percent payroll tax … designated for … taking care of overdue repairs and maintenance on schools, public buildings, Alaska’s Pioneer Homes, community housing projects and harbors, including the expensive Port of Anchorage remake. And it would expire after three years.” (Anchorage Daily News)

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