- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker’s administration is being given time to try to rally the votes for his tax bills to pass the House.

House Majority Leader Charisse Millett says a bill will be scheduled for a floor vote if Walker gets the 21 votes needed for passage. She says that’s the approach the House takes with any legislation.

Three of Walker’s tax bills advanced from the House Finance Committee Thursday, with some members begrudgingly allowing them move. The bills would raise taxes on motor fuels and the fishing and mining industries.

Lawmakers have been split on Walker’s proposals to raise taxes to help address the state’s deficit. There also have been concerns about voting for certain pieces of Walker’s proposed fiscal plan without knowing what other pieces might pass.

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