There is also a nice picture of the RCCL Diamond Princess in the background.
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On August 22nd Alaska voters will decide on extra taxes imposed on alaska cruise goers. Here is a link to the article:There is extensive discussion and debate on this issue at:
My understanding is that not only does the state of Alaska want to levy a $50 per head tax, they also want to charge the cruiselines Alaskan corporate tax, and receive 1/3 of all casino earnings? Is this correct? (I read this on the HAL board.)Yes you are correct. This just about sums up what the proposal is all about. There are some other provisions in the proposal but those three are the most important issues.
Just a thought, but isn't Congress currently debating on opening up Alaska to oil drilling?? I would think that stopping this from happening would be a better use of time and money by Alaskans.There has been oil drilling going on in Alaska for almost a century now. Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is controversial in most of the States, but not in Alaska, where almost 90% of people polled over the past few years are for it (oil revenues provide almost 90% of the state's income, and result in very low taxes and an annual payout to every resident of about $1,000).
There has been oil drilling going on in Alaska for almost a century now. Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is controversial in most of the States, but not in Alaska, where almost 90% of people polled over the past few years are for it (oil revenues provide almost 90% of the state's income, and result in very low taxes and an annual payout to every resident of about $1,000).Absolutely true about the oil and Alaskans sentiments.
As for the $50 tax, I would be surprised if it is approved. Too big a chance it will hurt our visitor industry which is vital to our economy as well.I think a bill imposing a $50 tax could have passed - with the added commercial privacy invasion and casino profit-sharing, it's discriminatory at best and has no chance of passing the voters, much less the courts if that happened.
So the (3) taxes you pay every time you fly is fair or the tax on telephone and cell phone usage originally enacted in 1898 to pay for the Spanish American war which only last month was stopped is fair or the taxes you pay the federal governemnt so they can provide aid to Saudi Arabia is fair or the taxes paid every time you buy goods stored in aluminum cans or plastic bottles and on and on and on. So $50 a head is what a couple bottles of booze or 2 minutes in the casino? Big deal.Well, I just went back and read what I posted and I didn't see any mention of anything you said. Get new glasses and you'll see I only mentioned it's already cheaper for us to cruise out of Fl than to cruise Alaska. So that'll be what we do in the future.