"It makes absolutely no sense to burden Alaska with a new tax to promote outside milk when our struggling dairy farmers can't produce enough milk to keep up with our state's demand."
- Rachel Hecker
This resolution makes a statement that the Alaska State Legislature stands firmly behind our Alaska Congressional Delegation, Alaska's Children and citizens in absolute opposition to the imposition of the "Milk Tax".
The "Milk Tax" or Mandatory Dairy Promotion Assessment was established more than twenty years ago to help increase the sale of surplus milk in the Lower 48 States through generic mass advertising such as the "Got Milk" campaign.
Alaska was and still is a milk deficit state. Our dairy farmers don't produce enough milk to meet our own demand. As a result, Alaska was wisely exempted along with Hawaii and Puerto Rico from having to pay the Milk Tax when it was created in 1983.
As Rachel Hecker, one of our dairy farmers from Blue Moon Dairy at Point McKenzie was quoted last summer in The Milkweed publication, "It makes absolutely no sense to burden Alaska with a new tax to promote outside milk when our struggling dairy farmers can't produce enough milk to keep up with our state's demand." Alaska won't benefit from the milk tax and shouldn't be forced to pay for the promotion of milk from the Lower 48 or elsewhere. This tax would be another death nail for an already troubled Alaska milk industry.
As if higher milk prices in Alaska wasn't bad enough, the milk promotion establishment in Washington apparently wants to burden dairymen in the Lower 48 states by promoting foreign dairy imports along with American milk. But before that can happen, they've got to first impose the Milk Tax on Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. No wonder Outside dairy farmers have gone to court to dump the milk tax.
A milk tax for Alaska is bad policy. Please join me in standing up for Alaska's dairy farmers and Alaska consumers of all ages.