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RI sales tax panel to hear from Boston researcher

October 19, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A special task force examining ways to change Rhode Island’s sales tax is set to hear from a Boston-based researcher who studies how sales taxes affect the economy.

The sales tax commission is scheduled to meet Monday at the Statehouse for a presentation from Paul Bachman, director of research at the Beacon Hill Institute, which is a research group affiliated with Suffolk University in Boston.

Bachman has studied how changes to sales tax rates affect local economies.

The commission was formed after a lawmaker called for the repeal of the 7 percent tax. While that idea is unlikely to pass, lawmakers say it’s time for a broader look at ways to make the tax less of a burden on consumers and businesses.

The commission includes lawmakers and business owners.

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