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Local cost of smoking may float higher

City leaders will soon vote on whether to increase the tobacco excise tax by an extra $2 per pack of cigarettes.The proposed increase to...
Empire Editorial: Juneau needs a one-and-done sales tax fix system is one that treats everyone equally. Based on public input, potential added revenue, and interviews with city leaders and members of the public, we encourage these changes:? Raise the sales tax cap to reflect inflation. It's been...
My Turn: It's time to change Juneau's sales tax policies

...short-term, and a new focus on cost reductions and continued budget controls must be made. We hope and encourage city leaders to look vigorously for areas to streamline and change operations in order to reduce overhead costs.Juneau cannot continue...
Downtown bridge fishing raises concerns

KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan city leaders have been asked to come up with ideas to address concerns with fishing from the Stedman Street Bridge.Residents who testified...
Spurned by Spuhn Island

...ordinance after the residents affected by the blinking lights of the Spuhn Island tower loudly voiced their complaints to city leaders. The 155-foot tower, built in 2012 by Verizon, was one in a recent up-cropping of cellphone towers raised in...
Empire Editorial: More needed to fix Juneau's housing crisis

City leaders made a step toward improving Juneau's affordable housing market Monday by approving the rezoning of 152 acres on Pederson Hill...
Eaglecrest board gives ice rink cold shoulder

...may be losing sight."During the latest budgeting cycle, the Augustus Brown pool was on the table for closure but city leaders later decided to not "mothball" the facility after public outcry.Eaglecrest is the only city-owned and operated...
Empire Editorial: What to do about decaying downtown?

...two will run Wednesday, July 23. We'd like to hear from all of you - business owners and employees, residents and city leaders, mental health advocates and those experiencing homelessness - about your idea. If you want to get involved in a physical...
Drink up, NYC

...Curbing obesity should start "with education - not laws and regulation," spokesman Christopher Gindlesperger said.But city leaders signaled they might not give up the fight. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was "actively reviewing all of its options...
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Empire Editorial: Don't worry over water works

...2015. More wells mean more usable water, plain and simple. The project will be paid for with a $3 million grant. City leaders often are criticized for being reactive rather than proactive when problems break the horizon. The city's budget...


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