NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island lawmakers are preparing to introduce legislation that would lower the state's 7 percent sales tax.

Rep. Jan Malik and Sen. Walter Felag Jr. plan to discuss details of the bills at a Statehouse news conference Tuesday. They say lowering the sales tax will make the state more business-friendly and relieve a burden on consumers.

The lawmakers served as co-chairs of a special 13-member commission formed to study the possible elimination of the sales tax. Malik last year pushed to eliminate the tax altogether, saying business owners in Rhode Island are at a disadvantage because sales taxes are lower in neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Rhode Island's sales tax generates $900 million a year for the state.

 

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