Business advocacy group forms

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2001

A group of Haines business people unhappy with the Haines Chamber of Commerce are forming a new business advocacy group.

The group wants to fight taxes and government regulation more aggressively, said retailer Doug Olerud.

"We want to take a strong stand for business," he said. "There are lots of people in the chamber now who aren't pro-business. They think new taxes, like the tour tax, are just fine. I don't share that view."

The tour tax and a proposal to ban motorized commercial tours from a section of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve are two of the group's main issues. As of Dec. 20, the group had held one meeting.

"We're ready to form an alternative group to get rid of the tour tax," said tour operator and break-off group member Duck Hess. "Right now the future does not look good. That's what's down the line, another battle for Haines."

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