Protesting the Proposed State Meals Tax Increase

Rhode Island restaurant owners and representatives from the Rhode Island Hospitality Association today staged an eco-friendly Tea Party to protest the proposed two percent increase on the state meal's tax.

Rhode Island restaurant owners and representatives from the Rhode Island Hospitality Association today staged an eco-friendly Tea Party to protest the proposed two percent hike on the state meals tax, which is already eight percent. The hike would force restaurants to charge diners ten percent in taxes on meals, which they say could potentially harm businesses that have already experienced a decrease in customers, due to the recession. Governor Lincoln Chafee says the money gained from the taxes will aid education, but the hospitality industry is skeptical.

Participants gathered outside the Rhode Island State House, then marched over to Waterplace Park, where they dumped a thirty-pound bag of tea that was wrapped in a plastic bag. The bag would later be removed.  Watch the video documenting the event.