What always bothers me in discussions about taxes is that no one factors in the huge number of people from out of state who come up here to work and who pay state income tax (on money earned here) to some other state, not Alaska. They live up here for several months, utilizing services here, but then the tax money they pay — often from well-paying industries like oil and gas, fishing, tourism, and construction — does not benefit our state at all. Alaska needs revenue. (Just ask a teacher.) A state income tax would fix this loophole.
— L.L. Raymond
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