Yesterday, Alaska voters went to the polls to vote on Ballot Measure 2. This measure would impose an excise tax of $46 per passenger per voyage to Alaska. An additional $4 tax would be charged per passenger for monitoring pollution controls on ships.
With about 70% of the Alaskan precincts reporting in, the Ballot Measure 2 was passing by about a 53% to 47% margin (about 6800 votes).
In addition to the additional passenger taxes, the ballot measure would tax a third of the cruise ships’ gambling proceeds and require the cruise lines to pay corporate income taxes. Cruise ships would also be requried to report their position every hour while in Alaskan waters. Failure to report would be a $100,00 fine for each violation. One last controversial provision of the ballot measure would require cruise lines to fully disclose commissions they receive for excursions booked through the cruise line.
More as additional election returns are available…