It seems odd that small business owners would lobby for a tax, but that's exactly what happened in a State House committee hearing Thursday morning.
And no one challenged them.
The temporary half-cent state tourism tax brings in $2.5 million a year, most of which goes to marketing to bring in more tourists. That's why the tourism industry pressed lawmakers to make the tax permanent. It is due to expire at the end of July.
Supporters stressed that the tax keeps 27,000 people employed. "It isn't a tax bill, it's a jobs bill," the committee was told.
House Bill 1066 cleared its first hurdle with a 14-1 vote and now goes to the House floor.