January 11, 2017

Rosenberg ready to ring the bell on taxing Airbnb, short-term rentals [w/ video]

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Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo

BOSTON — Lawmakers should consider taking swift action on Airbnb taxes, the Senate president has said, while the speaker of the House indicates that upcoming hearings would help him determine whether new taxes are necessary.

Both Democratic legislative leaders agreed they would want to see January revenue numbers to inform decisions about potentially restoring spending that Gov. Charlie Baker made to the fiscal 2017 budget.

The Senate last year passed legislation applying the room tax to short-term vacation rentals, such as those offered by Airbnb, an online property rental listing company that has endorsed taxation of its industry.

Related editorial: Our thoughts on the proper Airbnb balance in Worcester

In regards to potentially reversing spending cuts made by the governor, Senate President Stan Rosenberg said early action on Airbnb would bring in more revenue.

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