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My Turn: Let's talk about wastewater no notice testing, which amounts to hundreds of vessel inspections in a season. In addition, industry-funded ocean rangers visit or ride on all large cruise ships to monitor environmental compliance.Even smaller ships like the Aurora class...
Off with their head (tax)

...cities is $19.50 (the state pays Juneau's and Ketchikan's city taxes directly). Another $4 is added for the "Ocean Ranger" tax. Juneau's total cut of the state head tax is $5 per person, or $13 including state and local head taxes...
Downtown sour on cruise ship initiative

...should be taxed $50 per passenger. The measure also would tax cruise ship gambling while in state waters, mandate ocean rangers on board ships and require disclosure of the cruise ship's commission on shore excursions. If the initiative, known...
Initiative will not cut it in court

...a tax on gambling and regulatory legislation, by mandating that every cruise ship shall be monitored by onboard ocean rangers and by mandating the disclosure of ship's commissions on shore excursions. As the cruise ship initiative is not...
My turn: Reasons to vote 'Yes' on 22

...initiative would also require that a certified marine engineer be placed onboard each large passenger vessel. Under the "Ocean Ranger" program, a $4 per passenger tax would be charged to support the marine engineer who would be responsible for observing...
My turn: When is enough, enough?

...and state agencies are in-place which exceeds other industry standards. They are working, so there is no need for Ocean Rangers or the $4 tax to pay for them. I hope we are not a society that places "big brother/sister" over the shoulder...
My Turn: Cruise ship initiative is unfair

...find that a burden? The paperwork requirements of Ballot Measure 2 are similar. Ballot Measure 2 also requires an "ocean ranger" program placing marine engineers aboard each cruise ship. These rangers will provide redundant information to that...
Probing promotional pay

...included in the initiative, which also calls for a $50 head tax and taxes on gambling in state waters, a mandate for ocean rangers on board ships and tougher environmental regulations. VOX BOX Voice your thoughts Should cruise companies be required...
Measure takes trash to task

...waste and calls for placing an ocean ranger on board ships to monitor environmental...Environmental requirements and ocean rangers. Friday: $50 tax on cruise ship...required to have a U.S. Coast Guard ocean ranger on board to act as an independent...
My turn: Puff goes the magic on Measure 2

...will be given to each (of three or four) ports of call (Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, etc.), $4 will support an Ocean Ranger program which puts observers onboard every ship. The balance is to "pass go" right into Alaska's general fund to...


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