A vote is coming on a tax most of us will never pay.


A 2% hotel occupancy tax is on the November ballot, and this tax is dedicated to marketing tourism and conventions to Baton Rouge, and to renovating the 40 year old Raising Cane’s River Center.  Virtually every city in the world has an occupancy tax on hotel rooms.  Why, because the citizens of those cities almost never pay it.  It is the ultimate user fee, and the ultimate way to finance your tourism and convention business, by having those who use the hotel rooms pay the tax.  To urge passage of this tax, representatives of the hotel industry joined Visit Baton Rouge’s Paul Arrigo on AMBR.

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Brian Haldane

Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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