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Senate Republicans Vote No on Restaurant Relief Act of 2021

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

CONCORD - Today, Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee voted down an amendment to HB 2 introduced by Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) and Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) to insert the language of the SB 128, also known as the Restaurant Relief Act of 2021, into the state budget. The language of SB 128 previously passed through the Senate with a bipartisan majority vote of 22-2.

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

“The Restaurant Relief Act of 2021 would have temporarily changed the operator compensation under the meals and rooms tax from 3% to 5%. This small change would represent about $5 million going right back to our restaurants and lodging industries with no negative fiscal impact on our cities and towns. This was a fiscally responsible way to put money right back in the pockets of our hardest hit industries. I am disappointed to see Republican support of our restaurant and lodging industries being limited to words rather than extending to real action.”



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