Archive for August, 2008

Taxing The Convention Crowd

August 14, 2008

Municipalities in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota know an opportunity to tax when they see one. The Republican convention will be held there in a few weeks, and some visitors in the area for the quadrennial political party will be paying more to experience the festivities.

I’ll be among them. I received a “special press” credential to cover the convention for I’ll also be covering it for my day job as the executive producer of

So today I received this e-mail tax warning from the Republican Party:

The Minnesota Department of Revenue recently issued a tax change that will affect your hotel stay. Beginning July 1, 2008, the Minneapolis metropolitan area counties of Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington imposed a 0.25% transit sales and use tax, which will be used to fund the area’s transit system including light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit. Due to this change, the tax rate listed on your hotel confirmation may not be accurate. Please refer to your hotel folio upon your arrival or departure for the accurate tax rate that will be applied to your stay.

Thanks, Minnesota.