Tuesday presents another opportunity to nudge a worthwhile education proposal through the sometimes sluggish legislative process. Senate Bill 50, an education employment tax proposed by Republican Sen. Click Bishop, of Fairbanks, gets a hearing before a Senate committee in the afternoon and is on the agenda of the Fairbanks North Star Borough school board in the evening.
The money raised under this tax wouldn’t be used for the operation of schools. Rather, it would go toward the maintenance and construction of schools.
Sen. Bishop’s proposal is simple: An annual $30 onetime tax would be withheld from the first paycheck of every person working in the state. Those who are self-employed would have to make the payment on their own.