Ronald McDonald told lawmakers Tuesday that fast-food restaurant owners "deserve a break today" from a proposed restaurant tax - which the owners association says it considers "baloney" - and he passed out bologna sandwiches to make his point.

Instead, the Utah House of Representatives voted to allow counties to impose a 1 percent tax on food and beverages sold by restaurants "for immediate consumption." Food prepared in any coffee shop, cafeteria, luncheonette, soda fountain or fast-food outlet could also be taxed under the new bill.Tax revenue raised in Salt Lake County, for example, would be used for operation and maintenance of the Salt Palace, which convention officials say is too small and outdated to attract conventions.

Tax generated in other counties under the bill would be earmarked for development and maintenance of tourism, recreation, cultural and convention facilities within the county of origin. For example, Weber County could use the money to renovate and maintain the Egyptian Theatre in Ogden.

Coined the "sandwich tax," by the Utah Restaurant Association,