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Rhode Islanders Chafed By Chafee Sales Tax Plan


Announced at a tea-party-like protest, “The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity plans to release a proposal next month to eliminate Rhode Island’s sales tax.” CEO Mike Stenhouse stated, “Next month, we’ll be releasing a report that proposes to eliminate the sales tax – zero-point-zero.”

The furor behind the proposal comes from the “…proposal to raise the state meal and beverage tax from 8 percent to 10 percent.” Critics express that “…it will hurt their businesses and the state’s economy as a whole.”

Governor Chafee, on the other hand, says, “…he hopes growing state revenues will make it possible to cut or eliminate the two percentage point increase in the meal and beverage tax.”

But the mantra from this group was “How about NO sales tax in Rhode Island?”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”