LANSING, MI – The Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) recognizes the difficult position Governor Snyder is in to propose a balanced budget in the wake of substantial claims on so-called “MEGA tax credits.” The Governor’s proposal, however, includes a hefty 50 percent increase in the fees associated with obtaining a license to sell beer, wine, and spirits. The MRA does not believe the budget should be unfairly balanced on the backs of small businesses, such as restaurants, who exist on a slim profit margin that averages 5 percent.
Given the restaurant industry’s prominent role in helping improve Michigan’s economy, including job growth that has outpaced the overall economy for over a decade and 10 percent of the entire labor force in the state, fee increases like those proposed in today’s budget serve only to stall progress and impede future job growth.
The MRA looks forward to working with the administration and the legislature to find common ground and a more suitable outcome for all involved.
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