- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is backing a plan to require online lodging services such as Airbnb to pay the same taxes as hotels and motels.

The proposal was included in the Massachusetts Senate version of an economic development bill. The Massachusetts House has yet to approve the measure.

Baker said during his monthly “Ask the Governor” segment on WGBH-FM that applying the hotel tax to Airbnb and other online lodging services is needed to create a level playing field.

The plan, if approved, could bring in an additional $20 million annually for the state.

The Senate bill would require San Francisco-based Airbnb and similar online services begin collecting the state’s 5.7 percent room occupancy tax along with any additional room taxes charged by local communities.

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