Americans for Tax Reform State Projects Director Doug Kellogg offered the following statement on Intro 981 in New York City Council. The measure would force Airbnb to disclose potentially all user and listing information to city agencies:
“The hotel industry gives city politicians a lot of money, and pulls strings at City Hall, so the council is close to destroying a new industry that has created hundreds of millions of dollars in value for residents and neighborhoods.
That’s the shameful reality behind this invasive bill. The facts are simply not on their side. Despite big spending, the hotel industry’s anti-Airbnb campaign can’t come up with an honest argument, only cooked stats, and misinformation.
This is government by and for narrow special interests. City government has been co-opted to destroy a competitor and that should scare every New Yorker.”