For the last three years, Gov. Bill Walker has advocated for an income tax as a way to reduce state dependence on oil revenue. Walker wasn't the only one. Last year, the Alaska House Majority called the measure a pillar of its budget plan. But now, both House leadership and the governor are leaving talk of an income tax up to another legislature.
"We're here today to tell you that we follow through on our plan," House Speaker Bryce Edgmon told reporters at a press conference last year, just two days after the legislative session was supposed to have ended, according to state law.