this week on Sounding Board:
Gold and Politics
Thursday, May 10, 2012, 10:00 am
- The city of Nome is considering its own gold mining permit with a fee attached. Through the permit, the city would be able to limit permits, inspect miners' books, and make sure everyone collects city sales tax on gold.
- What type of messages do city permits and fees send to incoming miners?
- Do you see offshore miners as tourists who boost the local economy? Or do you see a drain on city resources, time, and money?
- The Alaska Department of Natural Resources plans to hire a seasonal employee to help manage the logistics and enforcement issues that could arise from more offshore miners. Is that one person enough, or should the state commit more resources?
- Should the state stop issuing permits at a certain point?
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