Sudbury, MA - Today Ingrid Centurion (R-Sudbury), candidate for State Representative in the 13th Middlesex District, announced her support for a 30-day meals tax holiday to help local restaurants recover from the shutdown.
“Our local restaurants and their employees have suffered due to the shutdown. I want to help them recover. We need to immediately get people back eating at local restaurants in order to help them make up for the lost business revenue and wages. That’s why I am supporting legislation that would create a month long meals tax holiday,” said Centurion.
Rep. Angelo Scaccia has filed H. 4979 which would create a 30 day meals tax holiday allowing people to eat at restaurants without paying the meals tax. Twenty-six members of the legislature have cosponsored the bill. Rep. Carmine Gentile did not cosponsor the bipartisan bill.
Centurion believes that this will help restaurants from permanently closing. Recently, The Chateau in Westborough announced that they are shutting their doors forever.
“As we have seen with the sales tax holiday increases people shopping locally. By passing an immediate meals tax holiday, we can help these businesses and their employees get back on their feet as quickly as possible,” said Centurion. “Moreover, I believe that people need some good news coming from the government and something to look forward to.”
“I am disappointed that our incumbent did not cosponsor this forward thinking legislation. Our small businesses are our lifeblood. As the next State Representative, I will be a small business advocate,” said Centurion.
Background on Ingrid Centurion
Ingrid Centurion is an American citizen, devoted mother, United State Army veteran, combat pilot and small business owner.
At an early age, Ingrid learned about tragedy. After her father immigrated from Argentina, her parents were in a horrific car crash and he died and her mother was severely injured. Ingrid was just 2 years old. Ingrid understands the challenges of being raised by a single parent who had to work multiple jobs to keep the family together and food on the table.
Ingrid was an exceptional athlete and received an Army ROTC three year scholarship to Arizona State University. Always driven with a purpose, Ingrid amazingly became a private pilot at 17 years old. She served honorably in the U.S. Army for twenty-two years, she is an Iraq War combat pilot. She served along the South Western border protecting our borders against transnational threats. She has extensive military intelligence and national security experience working with law enforcement agencies.
In the private sector, she has worked as a Product Manager, Corporate Trainer and Speaker. She now owns a small business in Sudbury where she is raising her two boys and cares for her elderly mother.