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Over 20 mayors testify against tax grab by Gov. Dunleavy of fish taxes at CRA


None of the members of the Senate Community and

Regional Affairs committee (CRA) lives near the sea, but at a hearing last week they were not impressed by Governor Dunleavy’s plan to pull

millions of dollars in fish

taxes from remote coastal towns.

Bills submitted to the legislature by the governor would remove the ability of towns to keep their share of local fisheries business and landing taxes. For decades, the taxes have been split 50/50 with the state. Dunleavy wants to take all of the funds for state coffers, meaning a combined loss of $29 million to fishing towns come October.


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