The Edge Update: Liquor sales tax, Manhattan attack and Chinese-South Korean relations


Anchorage Assembly Chair Dick Traini has resurrected the idea of a local liquor sales tax to pay for community problems associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Traini has proposed a 2 percent sales tax on alcohol bought from distributors, meaning that Anchorage bars and liquor stores would pay more when ordering alcohol. Revenue from the tax, if placed on the city’s 2018 ballot and approved by voters, would be used to “financ[e] alcohol and/or drug treatment, emergency transportation, public safety purposes related to detrimental primary and secondary effects of alcohol or drug abuse, and housing programs, including housing programs for chronic inebriates,” according to Traini’s proposal. The Assembly could raise the tax up to 6 percent over time.


A driver ran a pickup truck down a bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan on Oct. 21, killing eight people and injuring 11 before being shot by a police officer in what officials are calling the deadliest terrorist attack on New York City since 9/11.

The rampage ended when the identified motorist smashed into a school bus and jumped out of his truck, running up and down the highway, waving a pellet gun and paintball gun and shouting, before he was shot by an NYPD officer. He remained in critical condition on Tuesday evening. On Nov. 1, the FBI said that investigators had found a second man from Uzbekistan they had been seeking in connection with the truck attack, as prosecutors filed federal charges against the driver of the truck.


For more than a year, China has railed against South Korea, calling for boycotts of its products over Seoul’s decision to let the United States deploy an anti-missile system, which Beijing fears threatens its own security. On Oct. 31, China abruptly changed it’s mind, as the two countries agreed to end their dispute even though South Korea is keeping the system in place. The decision was made by the recently empowered Chinese president Xi Jinping and appeared to reflect a judgment that China’s continued opposition to the American missile defense system was failing in fraying the South Korean government’s alliance with Washington.