Sak Bill Passes House


    LANSING — A bill introduced by State Rep. Michael Sak that promises to assist the hospitality industry cleared the House last week.

    The legislation allows tourism bureaus in Kent and Ingham counties to raise the hotel-motel tax in those counties by 2 percent.

    But Convention and Visitors Bureau President Steve Wilson said his agency would only ask for a 1 percent increase. The current local levy in Kent County is 5 percent, which is added to a guest’s room charge.

    “Tourism is a vital part of our economy, and it can be an engine for growth in our state,” said Sak, a Grand Rapids Democrat and House Speaker Pro Tempore.

    Gov. Jennifer Granholm has said she will sign the bill if the Senate passes it.

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