by Ted Land
Thursday, March 25, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Gov. Sean Parnell introduced a bill Thursday to reduce the cruise ship head tax, and it goes deeper than some previously thought.
Parnell is hoping for about a 59 percent reduction in the head tax.
He laid out his plans and other priorities for the rest of the legislative session during a wide-ranging press conference Thursday morning.
The bill would reduce the cruise ship head tax from $46 per person to $34. There are further cuts to make up for local head taxes in Juneau and Ketchikan, which would bring the final head tax to $19 per person.
The bill also provides income tax credits to companies that contribute to Alaska tourism marketing.
"You can show a picture of Alaska to almost anybody in the world and it creates the desire to come here and that is what's so important about those marketing dollars," Parnell said.