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Northern Marianas businesses slam new tourist tax

Northern Marianas businesses have slammed a proposed $15 tax on tourists from South Korea, Russia, Taiwan, China and Japan.

The Marianas Variety quotes tour operator Harry Blalock as saying, “this is another ridiculous bill written in a vacuum without industry input.”

The Bill, which is authored by House Floor Leader George N. Camacho, would also  impose a $1 surcharge on every customer of dive shops and marine concessionaires.

H.B. 17-75’s stated objective is to raise revenue for the Commonwealth Health Center to purchase, install, operate and maintain three hyperbaric chambers at CHC and the Tinian and Rota health centers.

 

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