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.
- The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is in full swing. In less than a week, the fleet has caught over half of its quota. And while most crew members work on the water, spotter pilots fish for herring from the sky.
- A lot of eyes were on the U.S. House today, but, as Republican factions shuttled to the White House to negotiate, it was a day of waiting for most.
- Gov. Walker’s legislation creates a new definition for independent contractors that would determine whether employers have to pay to insure against on-the-job injuries.
- Gone are the days of throwing explosives from the air. AELP's avalanche crews trigger slides using a Daisybell, dangling about 150 feet from a helicopter. This is a cheaper -- and safer -- solution.