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by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 07, 2010

The Connecticut Legislature's finance committee has voted 40 to 15 for raising the state hotel tax from 12 percent to 15 percent. No general vote on the bill currently is scheduled. "I don't think it's going to help market Hartford or the state of Connecticut," said H. Scott Phelps, president and CEO of the Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau, who does not support the proposal because the tax money is earmarked for the general fund and not for promoting the state. "What you want to do is support the hospitality industry because of the new dollars it brings in. Bringing people in is like importing money."