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The New Hampshire Senate voted unanimously today (April 7) to repeal the so-called “tent tax,” which extended the state tax on rooms and meals to campsites, according to The Union Leader, Manchester.

The tax was expanded to include campgrounds at the last hour of state budget work in June. In the same budget bill, the tax rate was increased to 9% from 8%.

Critics immediately said the bill taxed people to sleep on the ground and eat their own food.

Sen. Robert Odell, R-Lempster, said some campground owners have cut their rates to negate the effect of the tax placing a crimp on their bottom line.

A monthly camping magazine recently included an article that mentioned New Hampshire as having the highest tax in the country on camping activity, Odell said.

Repeal is not without consequences. According to the Legislative Budget Assistant’s Office, the bill pulls $7.6 million out of a state budget already expected to be $140 million in deficit by June 2011.