Senators propose own head tax bill

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

JUNEAU - A Senate panel is proposing its own version of a reduction in Alaska's cruise ship passenger head tax.

The bill, introduced by the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, resembles the measure proposed last week by Gov. Sean Parnell. It rolls back the tax from $46 a passenger to $34.50, and allows deeper offsets for local head taxes for ships stopping in Juneau and Ketchikan. Absent, though, are the tax credits Parnell sought for certain corporations contributing to statewide tourism marketing efforts.

Numerous lawmakers, including Senate Finance co-chair Bert Stedman, have been open to at least discussing a tax reduction. But there's been reluctance to tie that to a tax credit program. Some legislators have expressed concern they'd be losing appropriations power under that provision.

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