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Assembly to consider raising tobacco tax

The price of a pack of cigarettes in Juneau could increase if the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly raises the tax on them and other tobacco products.
Empire Editorial: A taxing dilema

It looks as though the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will begin considering another tax increase for tobacco products sold here. We hope this move isn't in lieu of making tougher decisions needed to balance the city's budget.
After months of talks, new rules for cell towers

After months of discussions the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly adopted an ordinance that will incentivize communication companies to build small, unobtrusive cellphone towers in Juneau.
Report: Fewer state, federal jobs in Juneau

Depending on your vocation, the Juneau Economic Development Council's 2014 Economic Indicators and Outlook might paint a portrait of prosperity - or a dreary job landscape.
Assembly members debate legality of discussing topics

During Monday night's Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting, each agenda item was addressed, but not without some debate.
Survey: Augustus Brown pool needs $5.5M in repairs

The Augustus Brown Swimming Pool was a hot topic this spring when the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly was deciding its fiscal year 2015 budget.
Family of teen killed on Auke Lake sues city, two others

The family of Savannah Cayce, the 16-year-old fatally injured in a Jet Ski accident two years ago on Auke Lake, is suing the City and Borough of Juneau for damages, according to a complaint filed in Juneau Superior Court last month.
Survey: Housing still top local issue

Businesses and residents agree, the availability of affordable housing is the top barrier to economic development in Juneau, according to surveys conducted by McDowell Group and Sheinberg Associates.McDowell Group Owner and President Jim Calvin revealed this and more during a presentation on the Juneau Economic Development Plan at Monday night's Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting. Data from the past decade - including income, employment rates and more - has been collected and analyzed to build the plan's framework.
New Capital Transit plan slows to a halt

The brakes have been thrown on plans to improve Juneau's public transportation system as the city continues to slash budgets to combat a multimillion-dollar deficit and grapples with objections from Capital Transit employees who do not approve of proposed changes.The delay caused Assemblymembers to express frustration during a Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night."I feel like I'm hitting my head against a concrete wall on this issue," Assemblywoman Karen Crane said during the work session, noting this is the second plan they've had to throw out.
Lights out on future cell towers?

The Assembly got a little closer to putting tighter restrictions on companies that want to raise cellphone towers in Juneau.


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