Cindi Ross Scoppe

February 17, 2014 9:00 PM

Scoppe: Is restaurant tax the solution to SC road problems? No, but …

THE PROBLEM with the prepared-meals sales tax that the Legislature allows local governments to collect is that, like most everything else that involves local governments, the Legislature restricts how the money can be used. In this case, for “tourism-related” expenditures. That pushes local governments to either spend more than they should on parks and festivals and museums, while essentials go begging, or else stretch the definition of “tourism-related” beyond all reasonable recognition.

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