Cash-strapped Haverhill, MA, wants to be the next Massachusetts city to tack a 0.75% local sales tax on restaurant meals on top of the just-increased 6.25% state rate. Few citizens support it, except for the bureaucrats whose budget-balancing chores would become incrementally easier. Will other states adopt this restaurant business-depressing tactic? Massachusetts raised the statewide sales tax on restaurant meals from 5% to 6.25% in 2009, giving municipalities the option of imposing an ...

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