Fishermen, processors respond to fish tax proposal

KenAlperDespite acknowledging the need for more revenue, fisheries stakeholders raised lots of questions about the governor’s plan to increase state fisheries taxes this week. To help fill the state’s budget gap, Alaska Governor Bill Walker has asked legislators to consider a variety of tax increases – including by one percent.  During a House Fisheries Committee hearing on Thursday, state tax director Ken Alper explained that the increase, estimated to bring in an additional $18.4 million, essentially would make fish revenue match the cost of fisheries management. Read the rest here 13:28