The late U.S. Sen. Russell Long used to say that everyone’s ideal tax policy was, “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree.” Nowadays in Missouri, that “fellow behind the tree” is usually a tourist. Officials in Columbia are considering paying for an airport terminal expansion with an increase in the city’s hotel tax to 7 percent. That would be a poor decision for the city.
GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia should refrain from raising hotel taxes
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