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Hospitality tax clears House

BEMIDJI – The Minnesota House approved its tax bill Wednesday night, and with it, a provision allowing the city of Bemidji to impose a hospitality tax.

The omnibus tax bill, a massive document filled with various tax-related provisions, cleared the House floor on a 69-64 vote.

Among those provisions is a bill authored by DFL Rep. John Persell to allow the city of Bemidji to impose up to a 1 percent tax on purchases at hotels and restaurants. Revenue generated from the tax would be dedicated to Sanford Center operations, maintenance and capital improvements.

The Senate’s tax bill, released Tuesday morning, does not include the Bemidji hospitality tax bill authored by Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids. Lawmakers from both chambers will negotiate on their respective bills in a conference committee in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, the state Senate passed a bill last week that appropriates $11 million more for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ forest management department.

The bill also dedicates $110,000 more to the Mississippi Headwaters Board.

"The MHB is a joint powers board of Clearwater, Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, Itasca, Aitkin, Crow Wing and Morrison counties and maintains local control over the first 400 miles of the Mississippi River," a press release from the Senate said.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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