Alaska vote set on head tax on foreign cruise ships

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 ships.

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 August.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].

 

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