In vote after vote, a divided Juneau Assembly set its list of $47 million in sales tax-funded projects. Infrastructure for wastewater, drinking water, municipal buildings and airport improvements are high on the list.
The budget for state-funded tourism marketing has been cut by nearly 80 percent, but Alaska’s tourism industry continues to grow. Visitor counts for 2016 aren’t available yet, but in 2015, the state attracted a record 2 million visitors.
With less than two weeks left in the session, Olson decided it was time for House Bill 376, which would apply a 35 percent tax to dividends.
Millions are still uninsured, even as the Jan. 31 deadline to sign up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act approaches. No deadline extensions this year, federal health officials warn.
Although policy differences were aired and some of the questions from the moderators could be called probing, gone was the slightly contemptuous tone heard in earlier debates — especially on CNBC.
The next fight about the Affordable Care Act unites business leaders, politicians and many unions against leading economists. Will the 2018 tax reduce health costs or just shift the costs to patients?
The Ketchikan Borough-City Cooperative Relations Council wants both governments to work together to create an area wide tobacco tax of $3 per pack. A comparable tax would be charged on other kinds of tobacco and on e-cigarettes.
The tax amounts to one cent per gallon.
Potential buyers, identified as South of the Bridge LLC, may already have a liquor license for the potentially resurrected Louie’s
Owner Patrick Peterson owes the IRS nearly $1 million