Online sales tax – for transportation

Sep 28 2012

By Peter Howe, NECN

At the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, president Michael Widmer agrees with Grossman that “it is important that we find a way to tax online purchases. It's not fair that they're exempt from the sales tax.’’ But despite having helped lead a blue-ribbon transportation-funding-crisis panel in the 2000s that identified the $1 billion shortfall in what the state needs to be spending to maintain the road and transit networks, Widmer says it’s not a slam-dunk argument all the money should go to the priorities Grossman’s identified.

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