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Editorial: Revenge of the techies

Sep 6 2013

The Boston Herald

The Massachusetts High Technology Council, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and high-tech execs organized into the new Spark Coalition are working to repeal the tax, which has put local firms at a huge economic disadvantage in a very competitive industry. But that couldn’t even go on the ballot until November of 2014 — hence talk of halting it in court.
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Mass. Governor Holds Closed-Door Meeting On Controversial Tech Tax

Sep 5 2013

By Sarah Kuranda, CRN

In addition, Gov. Patrick gathered seven business leaders from around the state. President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Michael Widmer, Verizon New England Regional President Donna Cupelo, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council President Tom Hopcroft, partner at Flybridge Capital Partners Jeff Bussgang, Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange President Debi Kleiman, co-founder of William Edmundson and Associates Phil Edmundson and President of Assembla Andy Singleton were listed as those who attended the meeting.

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No results from tech tax talk

Sep 5 2013

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“This is the No. 1 topic in the State House, and it will only intensify because the grassroots effort is only building,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who was among those urging Gov. Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray to ax the new tax on software services, whose broad wording analysts fear will sap the state’s competitive edge.
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Patrick, legislators, business leaders huddle on computer, software sales tax

Sep 5 2013

AP / Worcester Telegram

''It raised awareness among political leaders that this tax is unfixable and needs to be repealed,'' Widmer said of the meeting. The tax was estimated to produce $161 million in the current fiscal year, and Widmer said business leaders acknowledged that removing that revenue would leave a hole in the state budget. Patrick and top lawmakers have insisted that any change in the tax would have to be replaced by another, equivalent source of revenue.
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State House Meeting Focuses On ‘Tech Tax’ In Mass.

Sep 5 2013

By Bob Salsberg, AP / WBUR

Patrick convened the closed-door meeting in his office after business-backed groups, including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, announced they would ask Massachusetts voters to repeal the tax if lawmakers did not do so first. Michael Widmer, president of the foundation, said Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray listened to the arguments during the session, but made no promises.
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Technology services tax snafu ensnares Democrats

Sep 4 2013

By Gabrielle Gurley, CommonWealth Magazine

Only four other states levy such a tax, and they do so at lower rates, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The vagueness of the law, including the types of services that would be taxed, has confused just about everyone, including the state Department of Revenue.
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Gov. Deval Patrick, legislators and business leaders hold tech tax summit

Sep 4 2013

By Shira Schoenberg, The Republican

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said business owners at the meeting told the governor and legislators that the tax should be repealed and the $161 million replaced by other revenues. “Business leaders laid out the scope of this tax, its impact on the future of the Massachusetts economy,” Widmer said.
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Look Out Massachusetts Tech Tax, Repeal Movement Is Gaining Ground

Sep 4 2013

By Sarah Kuranda, CRN

The meeting was attended by legislative and industry leaders. Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, attended the discussion and said that it was "constructive" but that legislators and the governor did not have any decisive changes of heart. "I thought it was a productive meeting," Widmer said, however. "I don't think they have decided. ... I think today's meeting helped focus the discussion. I think there will probably intense private discussions in the State House over the next few weeks."
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Software Tax Is Subject Of State House Meeting

Sep 4 2013

By Fred Bever, WBUR

Michael Widmer, of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says the meeting focused on the complexities of the software industry. “And that you couldn’t somehow tax a discrete part of the software industry and that this really laced through everything,” he added.
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Majority Of Proposed Mass. Ballot Questions Clear First Major Hurdle

Sep 4 2013

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

One of the 28 questions moving forward is an effort to repeal the expansion of the state’s sales tax to computer and software services. Michael Widmer , president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says it strikes at the heart of the state’s technology driven innovation economy.
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