by Jackie Bartz
Friday, March 19, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Gov. Sean Parnell announced plans to lower the state head tax on cruise-ship passengers by over $10 Friday, but in return he wants major cruise lines to send more ships to Alaska.
Parnell flew to Miami this week for a cruise ship trade show, although he received anything but a warm welcome. Cruise line CEOs attacked the state for its head tax and threatened to avoid Alaskan waters altogether.
"My administration will aggressively seek to bring more tourist dollars to our shores, to grow our economy and fuel our Alaska businesses," Parnell said, announcing plans to lower the head tax from $46 to $34.50.
The governor wants the Legislature to tack the tax reduction onto the tourism marketing bill. His proposal would also drop the Alaska Cruise Association's pending lawsuit aiming to repeal the head tax.