While Cardarella's group was representing the collective outrage of the tech community, business organizations like the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) and the Massachusetts High Technology Council were fighting on behalf of the effort. For the MTF, former president Michael Widmer was an early, vocal opponent of the tech tax.
But budgetary watchdogs take a different perspective. Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said she understands the impulse to help retailers. But, she said, "From a budget standpoint, it's harder to justify." McAnneny argued that the sales generated by the tax holiday would have happened anyway, just at a different time.
Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said from a budgetary standpoint the sales tax holiday “is getting increasingly more difficult to justify, given the [state’s] structural deficit” and funding levels remaining essentially static for most parts of state government.