Question(s): Recently the Massachusetts legislature enacted a statute that would allow municipalities to institute LOCAL OPTION TAXES, which are basically surtaxes over the state sales tax meals and lodging in within the municipality. For example, the state meals tax is currently 6.25%. In Boston, the meals tax may be 7%, with 6.25% going to the Commonwealth and 0.75% to the City. Do you think it is wise for municipalities to tax consumption during an economic downturn? Does this open the floodgates to localities passing all types of additional taxes? To local income taxes?
Write three pages paper, Undertake as much outside research as necessary to adequately answer the question.