GOP lawmaker seeks cut to Montana tourism tax

2013-03-20T11:34:00Z 2013-03-20T22:10:32Z GOP lawmaker seeks cut to Montana tourism taxThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 20, 2013 11:34 am  • 

HELENA — A Republican lawmaker says a cut to the tax on hotel rooms could attract more budget-conscious travelers.

Sen. Jason Priest of Red Lodge told a committee Wednesday that Senate Bill 385 reduces the state taxes on hotel rooms from 7 percent to about 5 percent.

The bill eliminates the portion of the tax that goes into the state general fund, and increases the portion earmarked for tourism promotion.

The lodging industry supports spending more of the money advertising Montana tourism, a program industry officials say has been successful in expanding visitation.

But Priest said he also wants to get rid of the portion of the tax used to buoy general state finances because some tourists might choose to go somewhere that has a lower room tax.

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