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The Idiocy of Desperation

OhnoJust when it couldn't get any stupider yesterday (Sonoma County elected to pull $1 million from its DMO to cover the costs of early responders), the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is considering a measure to tack an addition 4% of State Room Tax on hotels...a move that would only contribute $165 million against an anticipated $2 billion shortfall. Yeah...like tossing the last glass of ice water available to drink onto a 7-story inferno.

Our friend Mike Stershic (Discover Lehigh Valley) said it best: "It would increase the hotel tax by 83 percent and make us probably one of the highest, if not the highest, state hotel taxes in the country, and at the same time we're at the bottom in the amount of dollars that the state spends on marketing."

Has it really come to this for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? A State that once reaped the considerable rewards of one of the highest performing Tourism programs in the country...willingly considering hara-kiri.

Where have all the competent legislators gone?

Bill Geist

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