“There are certainly some signs that things are slowing down,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The sales tax is the second-largest source of tax revenue for the Commonwealth. If it’s going down, we need to be paying careful attention to that.”
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.