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by Michael C. Lowe | November 10, 2010

San Francisco voters rejected Proposition J, which would have increased the hotel tax by two points to 17.5 percent. That would have been the highest in the country. Though hotels would have felt the tax's most immediate effects, all areas of the tourism industry, from taxis to local restaurants, would have taken a blow, including the loss of more than 2,000 union jobs across the city because of a decline in visitors and tourism dollars, according to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.