More than half of restaurant operators surveyed by the National Restaurant Association say that business conditions are worse now than three months ago.

The trade group surveyed 4,000 operators between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15 and is using the results to lobby against President Joe Biden’s plan to raise the corporate tax rate and proposed changes to the National Labor Relations Act that would allow fines of $50,000 to $100,000 for labor violations. The association is also asking lawmakers to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which was created during the coronavirus pandemic to help keep the industry afloat.

“Restaurants still need help today and overwhelming them with costly new obligations will only prevent progress in turning the tide of recovery,” NRA Vice President of Public Affairs Sean Kennedy wrote in a letter to congressional leadership.

The delta variant, understaffed restaurants and higher food costs are among the…

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