Alaska delegation speaks on tax reform

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Congress is taking the next steps on the tax reform bill.
Although both the House and the Senate have approved the reform, major differences between the versions they accepted still need to be ironed out.
One of the most notable discrepancies between the proposed bills is that the House's version proposes to remove the alternative minimum tax.
That will add to a baseline income tax paid by certain people, corporations, estates and trusts.
The Senate version of the bill contains a repeal of the health care individual mandate.
Other differences between the proposed tax reforms include the number of tax brackets, and the percentage paid by those at the top.
A number of Alaskans have expressed their displeasure with the bill not for its economics, but because of potential environmental impacts.
Members of the Gwich'in Steering Committee have been especially vocal in speaking against the development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Despite this, Alaska's three members of Congress are adamant that many aspects of the bill will aid Alaskans, including ANWR's development, which has been approved in both the House and the Senate.
Representative Don Young talked yesterday about the importance of the bill and the next steps that must be taken for it to pass, while Senator Lisa Murkowski also spoke out about why she has been so supportive of the bill.