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InRLA Leadership Delivers Testimony in Fiscal Policy Interim Committee Meeting

Friday, October 9, 2015  
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October 9, 2015


InRLA Leadership Delivers Testimony in Fiscal Policy 

Interim Committee Meeting

 INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Oct. 7, 2015) - The Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association testified in front of the Fiscal Policy Interim Committee today in opposition of the statewide food & beverage tax proposal. 

InRLA Chairman John Benjamin of Scotty's Brewhouse and board member Brad Cohen with Arni's Restaurant joined InRLA CEO Patrick Tamm in describing the detrimental impacts this proposal would have on both small and big restaurants across the state. In addition to powerful testimony from Benjamin and Cohen, Tamm presented letters from a variety of InRLA members in opposition to the tax as well. 

"Often these types of taxes become slush funds for cities and municipalities allowing elected officials to abuse this surplus of tax money," said Tamm. "In one case a mayor utilized their food and beverage tax to take a trip to Italy. One of the things we need to recognize here is that taxing family meals will not bring tax relief. It will only bring higher taxes, which means more money coming out of Hoosier pockets." 

Tamm also presented a national study demonstrating the regressive nature of taxing family meals to low income households.

Also present at the committee meeting was the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, the Mayor of Angola and Indiana Association of Counties who testified in support of the tax. The proponents suggested a combined 2 percent tax with 1 percent going to the county and 1 percent going to the municipalities.

"While creating this tax will be a temporary fix to revenue problems, long-term it will become a permanent tax on Hoosier families that can least afford it," said InRLA Chairman John Benjamin. "Not only will this impact the hospitality industry that employ 14 percent of Hoosiers, it will also discourage diners from indulging in our industry."




The Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association represents more than 1,600 hotel and restaurant properties as well as industry-related service companies. It is these members that help make the hospitality industry the nation's largest private sector employer and one of the state’s most politically active and public service oriented industries. Our members are the cornerstone of the Indiana community and the backbone of our state’s economy.


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