EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


September 12, 2013

Editorial: Support for computer services tax erodes


The chamber, along with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, was one of the first groups to rise in opposition to the tax, and others have followed. House and Senate Republicans this week said they will file legislation to repeal the measure (as Democratic state Sen. Karen Spilka has already done), and there is an tech industry-backed initiative petition headed for the 2014 ballot if lawmakers don’t take action.

Even with those positive developments, it is important to keep the pressure on the Statehouse. House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray have been somewhat noncommittal about repealing the tax, and Patrick is already talking about finding other revenue (likely reaching into taxpayers’ pockets in a different way) to make up the difference.

The entire tax bill — with included hikes in the gasoline and cigarette taxes — was ill-considered. Legislators and the governor insisted the increases were necessary to support transportation projects, even as current tax collections are producing revenue surpluses.

As bad as the cigarette and gas taxes are, they are not as stifling to the state’s struggling economy as the computer services tax.

As Tinti noted yesterday, those opposed to the tax shouldn’t ease up on their efforts until it is “rightly and justifiably buried.”

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