Senators are being asked to settle a dispute between online travel companies and the hotel industry, which boils down to a classic debate over whether budget language represents a new tax or a loophole closing.
The Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association urged the Senate Ways & Means Committee this week to preserve a House-added amendment to the biennial budget (HB 59) that would essentially require online travel companies, like Expedia and Travelocity, to collect local lodging taxes on the price their customers pay.
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