JUNEAU, Alaska -- A proposal to levy a $100 per person tax on all
Alaska-bound cruise passengers was introduced in the state House of
Representatives this week.
The bill, which was sponsored by freshman Alaska Rep. Carl
Gatto, (R-13) was referred to several committees for debate.
Not surprisingly, it immediately was met with protests from the
John Hansen, president of the North West Cruise Ship
Association, said he would reach out to Alaska legislators and give
them the industry's perspective. "If it is heard in front of a
committee we'll be there to testify.
"That kind of tax is damaging to tourism," he added.
Last year, a bill to introduce a $50 per person tax was
Gatto said cruise tax revenue could be spent on education.
Cruise lines, he said, "are building more ships and increasing
their service. It [doesn't] look like we'd be scaring them
Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal for a $15 fee for inbound
tourists is also under consideration.
Murkowski's Wildlife Conservation Pass would be required for all
non-Alaska residents over age 16 who "access public lands or
waters" via a commercial provider such as a cruise line or tour
Visitors who buy a fishing or hunting license would be
The pass is included in the governor's 2004 fiscal year budget
proposal, which was wending its way through the Alaska Legislature