Alaska lawmakers voted Sunday to substantially reduce the fee paid by cruise ship passengers. The bill they passed is expected to meet terms of an agreement that will end a lawsuit brought by the cruise industry.
The changes do not take effect until after this summer’s cruise season ends. The governor and one of the tax’s authors called the bill a reasonable compromise.Related Link: Find out more of the bill’s history.
- A few years ago, Juneau School District gradually started cutting the travel budget for high school activities. Then the money stopped.
- Project coordinator Katharine Heumann said the decision came after hearing criticism of the proposal from Travel Juneau and members of the community.
- Wednesday is the first day of school for about 4,700 students across Juneau.
- Eight buoy tenders and their crews from Alaska, British Columbia, and the Pacific Northwest are in Juneau this week for the annual Buoy Tender Roundup and Olympics.