BOSTON As Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick seeks to close the $2.5 billion gap in his state’s budget, local meal tax legislation is likely to pass within the next few months, an industry insider said. Aproposal was introduced earlier this month that would add a 2-percent to 3-percent meal tax to the state’s current 5-percent sales tax rate. Levels of meal tax could vary from city to city. Janine Harrod, director of government affairs for the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, said ...

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