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Nome may nix tax-exempt status for churches, non-profit groups

...coffers, including charging sales tax on items that are currently exempt, including such things as banking, used-car sales over $1,500 and medical services.However, council members said those transactions would be too difficult to track...
'Clunkers' program boosts local car sales

The federal government's stimulus money and bailout programs has hit a nerve for the auto industry in Juneau.
Business Digest

...general manager. Bannock will oversee all operations at the Ford Store, formerly Evergreen Motors, and Skinner Used Car Sales across from Costco. "I'm very excited and proud to be reunited with Bannock," said owner Rob Skinner, who worked...
Outside editorial: Cash for Clunkers a money guzzler

...their local dealers to take advantage of the generous credits, which went from $3,500 to $4,500 per vehicle. New car sales, which had plunged during the recession, suddenly rebounded, to the delight of dealers and carmakers. In fact, the...
Tax figures show spending trends

...percent Fuel, oil: - 42 percent Pull tabs: -39 percent Furniture stores: -31 percent Jewelry stores: -26 percent Car sales: -24 percent Clothes and accessories: -17 percent Boat dealers: -16 percent Business services: -14 percent Restaurants...
Outside editorial: Congress' 'cash for clunkers' a lemon of an idea many European countries, which have boosted new-car sales in recent months. The program is capped at a total cost...Germany's program, though it dramatically boosted new-car sales, was also met with criticism from other retail businesses...
Juneau drivers are being set up

...generate revenue for special-interest groups, which include police, rescue, medical, tow truck, car repair, new car sales, insurance and others. The costs to the driving public extend beyond financial hardships. The status quo will not change...
An energy policy that shuns Canadian oil will push America's best ally into the arms of China

...petroleum products will continue to grow. Chinese car ownership is still below U.S. levels in 1920. Even if all future car sales in China are hybrids and even if China's frenetic economic growth slows, as Chinese car ownership rises, the demand...
Facing the economic facts

...the worst performance in a decade. On the other hand, consumer spending has held up relatively well, especially on car sales. Stocks have rebounded from their post-Sept. 11 lows. The federal government need not force feed the economy a high-calorie...
Volt for a day: a peek into the future of electric vehicles

...scale so that new developments in batteries and infrastructure become more affordable. Auto analysts monitoring electric car sales and developments predict that the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market will develop and grow, but not at the scale...


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