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.
By Gerry Tuoti and Marc Larocque, Taunton Daily Gazette
Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that while local meals tax revenue typically makes up a small percentage of local budgets, it can be important.