- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Advocates for Vermonters who are homeless are continuing to push for a $2 surcharge on hotel and motel rooms to pay for new anti-poverty programs.

At a midday rally at the Statehouse Thursday, about 100 people, including lawmakers and candidates for higher office, spoke in favor of increased support for affordable housing and other programs to alleviate poverty.

The surcharge - which is opposed by some business groups - appears to be gaining some support in the Legislature. Democratic Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell is among those saying a large majority of revenues from the new fee would come from out of state.

Campbell says he expects the Senate Finance Committee - which writes tax and fee policy - will take testimony on the proposal.

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