Thursday, September 10, 2009

What Are They Saying About Illinois?

Illinois Policy Institute is instructive...

"Michigan, you see, is a bit of an odd bird when it comes to welcoming tourists. While the state is spending $30 million on its “Pure Michigan” promotional ad campaign, it also charges out-of-staters almost double the property taxes if they want to own a beach home—not exactly a boon for tourist towns and businesses desperately needing summer residents. (If you’re curious, you can calculate your would-be vacation home taxes here). Even odder, perhaps, is the recently proposed bill for a Michigan Promotion Fund, “primarily for use in promoting tourism,” that would raise taxes on tourists who rent cars…and then use the money on fancy ad campaigns to lure, yes, more tourists. Presumably, these tourists are people who don’t mind being nicked for a buck or two every step of their trip."

Read the full story here.

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