- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island lawmaker is pushing to repeal a tax on cab fares the General Assembly passed two years ago.

North Kingstown Republican Rep. Doreen Costa says she plans to introduce legislation that would eliminate the 7 percent tax. Cab drivers have protested the tax, which they say is burdensome and causes many customers to reduce tips.

Lawmakers imposed the tax in 2012, the same year they voted to apply the state’s sales tax to pet grooming and boarding services and items of clothing costing $250 or more.

There were efforts to repeal the taxi fare tax last year but they never made it to a vote.

Costa says her bill has 40 co-sponsors.

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