ANCHORAGE --An Alaska judge upheld an
initiative last week that would allow voters to decide whether to
impose a $50 per-person head tax on foreign-flagged cruise
If approved, cruise
ships visiting Alaska will incur a $50 per-person head tax and a
tax on onboard gambling profits. It also would require ships to
obtain discharge permits and would reinstate an income tax on the
lines Alaska marine operations.
In January 2005 the
North West CruiseShip Association and 14 other groups sued the
state and its division of elections, claiming Alaskas lieutenant
governor unlawfully certified the initiative.
The initiative is
scheduled to appear on the primary election ballot in
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