Senate Republicans Reject Direct Relief for Restaurant and Lodging Industries

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us

CONCORD - Today, Senate Republicans rejected an amendment from Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) that would have inserted the language of SB 128, also known as the Restaurant Relief Act of 2021, into the state budget. The Restaurant Relief Act of 2021 would have temporarily changed the operator compensation under the meals and rooms tax from 3% to 5%, putting money right back in the pockets of New Hampshire’s restaurant and lodging industries.


After the vote, Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statement:


“The amendment I presented today represented $5 million of direct relief for our restaurant and lodging industries with no long term financial consequences. This money could have been used to support the thousands of workers who have been laid off across the state, keep restaurants’ doors open, and help our hardest hit industries in their recovery efforts. I am extremely disappointed that my Republican colleagues once again voted against this pro-business legislation.”


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