PHILADELPHIA - September 25, 2009 The crowd carried signs and rallied Friday outside a hotel
building where Gov. Ed Rendell has an office. They then marched
down Broad Street, which is also called "Avenue of the Arts" for
its numerous theaters.
The proposed tax would add 8 percent to the cost of an arts
ticket in the city and 6 percent elsewhere. Some lawmakers say it's
needed to help close a spending gap and end a 3-month-old budget
State Sen. Larry Farnese was one of three state senators to join
the protest. The Philadelphia Democrat denounced the proposed tax
as a "backroom deal" and said he would oppose it.
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