The propsal to tax cruise ship passengers on Alaska cruises $30 has been knocked about in the Alaska Legislature for a couple of years.
Unsubstantiated news emanating presumeably from the Governor's office is a request the legislature t enact the tax. Time will tell if this is ever enacted. It seems they may be intent on "killing the gouse that laid the golden eggs."
It would be splendid if they used the money for pollution control or clean up; repaired the roads that have sufferred from tour buses, but this is probamatical if Juneau is an indication. After Juneau started to collect the $5 per cruise ship passenger tax, the city fathers got into a sqabble as how to spend the money and appear to have spent funds for everything but what they had promised the tax would be for.
I reside in southern California but for most of the year I read the Anchorage and Juneau newspapers that provide me with the information I might dispense from time to time. We have taken two cruises to Alaska annually since 1972 so we have gotten to know what has gone on. In Juneau about the only major change has been moving the Red Dog Saloon, a popular tourist attraction from one side of the main street to the other.
The Governor of Alaska has "let the cat out of the bag" and there is nil in it for the saving of the "goose that laid the golden eggs."
The state budget has a short fall of $1.1 billion dollars and he has gone on record that he wants the cruise ship passenger tax to help out with the budget, If he does not get his way he proposes to levy a corporate income tax on the cruise lines.
This might be interesting since the foreign flagged cruise ships are exempt under section 883 of the IRS if they are 50% foreign owned and the flag company exempts U.S. carriers.Cruise ships receive the exmption since they are considered carriers. The problem facing the Governor is that these exemptions are predicated on Treaties the United States has signed with the flag nations. Our courts have ruled, states cannot make or abrogate such treaties.