JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill calling for a $100 head tax on cruise ship passengers was introduced Monday.
Freshman Rep. Carl Gatto, R-Palmer, said he is sponsoring the bill because he wants to raise funds so the state doesn't have to cut spending on education.
The Department of Revenue estimates the bill could raise more than $70 million a year. That's based on a projected 720,000 cruise ship visitors.
Gatto said the state constitution calls for Alaska to be reimbursed for use of its resources. He said it's reasonable that tourists pay for their enjoyment of the state's resources since fishermen, hunters and loggers pay to use state fish, game and timber.
House Bill 207 was assigned to the Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, Transportation and Finance committees. No hearings have been scheduled yet.
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