Governor Sean Parnell signed a bill Thursday, June 24, lowering Alaska’s cruise ship passenger head tax. He inked the legislation in Juneau’s tourism district while surrounded by cruise officials, gift-shop owners and excursion operators.
The bill lowers the $46-per-person tax to $19.50 for most passengers. It will be in effect for next year’s cruise season.
Parnell said he introduced the legislation in hopes of getting cruise lines to sail more ships to Alaska.Related Link: See photos from the event.
- High schoolers tackled a serious topic at this year's annual student government conference: gun violence at school. They listened to a presentation from an organization called Sandy Hook Promise learned about their peers efforts to prevent gun violence on campus.
- Visitors to military bases who don’t have compliant IDs will have to be accompanied by military personnel, which the leaders say will be impractical.
- Southeast Alaska’s independent ferry system is working its way out of a ridership slump. Numbers are up on the Hollis-to-Ketchikan route.
- For most of the state, the entire month of March has been clear and cold.