RI restaurant industry not happy with Chafee tax proposal
Rhode Island’s restaurant and hospitality industry is wasting no time in denouncing Governor Lincoln Chafee’s proposal to hike the restaurant meals and beverage tax by two percent to finance public schools.
In an interview, Bob Bacon, a member of the board of the RI Hospitality Association and co-owner of the popular Gregg’s restaurant chain, told Rhode Island Public Radio that raising this levy would hurt Rhode Island restaurants that border Massachusetts and Connecticut, which have lower rates.
Bacon also said the Chafee hike would also put a crimp in local convention business as conventioneers look for venues in neighboring states.
“I don’t know of any state that will have a 10-percent rooms and meals tax,’’ said Bacon. “People in Rhode Island are already stretched out, particularly people with families….and the elderly.’’