By Alan R. McGillvray
July 15, 2006
I think that a landing tax on the passengers will keep them on-board and out of Alaskan tour shops and minor tours that make money for us residents.
For more than a few years I have watched the well-lighted cruise ships, sit offshore, until time to sail to the next port of call. I knew then and I know now, that the ships are conducting gambling operations within the 3-mile state limit, and have felt ripped-off. There are laws on the state books restricting gambling in our fair state, to limit gambling to the benefit of various non-profit organizations, that those may benefit persons in need. Including the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
Where are the taxes and enforcement of our state laws on the cruise ships? They not only owe for present operations, but for operations all the way back to when the first floating gambling parlor conducted their operations in our State waters. Plus interest.
WE ARE MISSING THE BET/BOAT
CITIZENS: if we fail to enact taxes on the cruise ship industry,
I think we'll lose even more money. We need to tax the operations
of these corporations that operate in our waters not the passengers
that want to see Alaska.
Alan R. McGillvray
About: "I am a long-time
resident of Alaska and Ketchikan, and I remember fish traps."
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