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Editorial: A real test of leadership

Aug 14 2013

The Boston Herald

The other huge issue is that the wording was so vague that no one really knows whether the tax will cost businesses the $160 million state lawmakers claim or more than $500 million as those in the industry and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation insist. Some 20 Massachusetts business leaders and organizations are already committed to putting a repeal of the tax on the ballot.
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Amid Ballot Effort, Sen. Spilka Plans To File Repeal Of Tech Tax

Aug 14 2013

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service / WBUR

Concern has mounted around the tax, which is the target of a fledgling effort to repeal it on the 2014 ballot, as the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and others worry that it could drain as much as $500 million from the Bay State’s high tech field — much more than the $161 million lawmakers say it was intended to generate.
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OUR OPINION: Legislature should repeal the tech tax

Aug 14 2013

The Patriot Ledger

Michael Widmer, president of the MTF, called the new tax “the most anti-competitive piece of legislation in my 21 years as head of the Foundation,” predicting it “will cause incalculable damage to job creation and the Massachusetts economy.”
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Op-Ed: The tech tax squeeze

Aug 13 2013

By Tom Keane, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts High Technology Council and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation have now joined forces to push for repeal. Their plan is to put a referendum on next year’s ballot, and — to prove how serious they are — they’ve engaged heavyweight lobbying firm Rasky Baerlein to manage the process. My guess is that early polls will show repeal has a lot of popular support, particularly as voters start to figure that this new tax is just the nose under the camel’s tent — first comes high tech, but pretty soon, greedy political eyes will alight on everyone else. One can easily see this become a defining issue of next year’s campaign.

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Editorial: Tax now, define later?

Aug 13 2013

The Gloucester Times

This morning, a cadre of business and political leaders, including representatives from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and major North Shore employers, will gather in Danvers to try to figure out how to respond to the Legislature’s newest and most bungled tax initiative yet. That, of course, is the new 6.25 percent sales tax on computer services — a tax tucked into the recently passed state transportation bill that’s aimed at “certain services relating to computer system design and to modification, integration, enhancement, installation or configuration of standardized or prewritten software.”
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Our view: Time for Legislature to listen on software tax

Aug 13 2013

The Salem News

The North Shore Chamber is not alone in its opposition to the new tax. An initiative petition to put repealing the tax on the 2014 ballot appears to have enough signatures to pass early hurdles; what’s more, it has the support of executives from the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Staples and BJ’s Wholesale. The Springfield chamber is on board, as well.
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Mass. ‘tech tax’ could hit N.H. businesses

Aug 13 2013

By Bob Sanders, New Hampshire Business Review

The so-called “tech tax” – an extension of the Massachusetts sales – is a hot topic in Boston and the high-tech corridor surrounding it. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has called it the “most onerous computer and software services tax in the nation.” Last week, the Mass High Tech Council joined a petition effort to repeal the tax with a measure on the state’s November ballot. The Boston Herald reports that most Boston mayoral candidates denounced it.
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Conley comes out against tech tax

Aug 11 2013

By Kathryn Breen, The Boston Herald

The 6.25 percent sales tax on “computer and software technology services” was approved by the state Legislature on July 24, but Conley noted it has already been strongly criticized by Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation and Chris Anderson of the Massachusetts Higher Technology Council, along with other business and technology leaders.
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Solution Providers Fight Back Against Massachusetts Software Services Tax

Aug 9 2013

By Sarah Kuranda, CRN

"It would cut a broad swath across the entire Massachusetts economy. When we call it a tax on innovation, we're not exaggerating. We pride ourselves on being a state on innovation -- that separates us from other states and gives us a competitive advantage," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and an orchestrator of a petition against the tax. "Other states couldn't be asking for a better opportunity."
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Mass. tech tax spurs Fla. pitch

Aug 9 2013

By Peter Howe, NECN

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is working alongside the High Tech Council to repeal the tax expansion, doesn’t quite see Kendall Square quitting for Kissimmee anytime soon. "The letter itself is largely a publicity stunt, and we're not going to see big businesses move to Florida," Widmer said in an interview Friday afternoon. "However, there's a very, very serious message behind Gov. Scott's letter."
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