Proposed Tax Break for Clubs Isn't Music to Some Ears

Although the crowd of clubs and concert halls on Austin’s famous Sixth Street is just a few blocks from the state Capitol, the worlds of live music and policymaking seldom meet. But this session, lawmakers are considering subsidizing live music.

House Bill 3095, by state Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, would cut in half the tax on mixed beverages for businesses that stage live music at least four nights a week for 45 weeks per year, provided they prove that they will spend the savings putting on concerts.

Strama proposed the bill with his hometown in mind. “Music is as much ...

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