“Act to Repeal 2013 Sales Tax on Computer and Software Technology Services”, filed by business leaders who are appalled by this assault on the growth sector of the Massachusetts economy, may not need to get to the ballot. This was Gov. Deval Patrick’s bright idea to tax computer services of some sort provided by some companies somewhere, maybe in something called the Cloud, maybe not; legislators who voted for it and are just now learning what they voted for must be a tad concerned about being on the 2014 ballot with the “Repeal the Job Killer” initiative petition. Do they run against it saying “No, keep the job killer”, or do they admit, “I didn’t know what I was voting on”? Watch for the Legislature to return soon to repeal the Job Killer themselves.
It’s an exciting time, once again, to be a political activist in Massachusetts and nationally, looking forward to a Barry Goldwater revival.
Barbara Anderson is executive editor of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a regular contributor to the opinion pages.