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Massachusetts Governor Wants to Repeal New Tech Tax That He Proposed

Governor Deval Patrick abruptly changed course Tuesday and said he no longer supports a controversial new tax on computer software services that has triggered a fierce backlash from the state’s technology community and spawned numerous attempts to repeal it.
September 11, 2013
 

Governor Deval Patrick abruptly changed course Tuesday and said he no longer supports a controversial new tax on computer software services that has triggered a fierce backlash from the state’s technology community and spawned numerous attempts to repeal it.

While mostly silent in the weeks since the tax was adopted by the state Legislature, Patrick said Tuesday that after hearing complaints about it directly from technology executives, he concluded the new tax had become “a serious blot.”

“It’s time for it to go,” he said in an interview with the Globe. “I’m persuaded that the impact to our reputation is too problematic. We’ve worked really, really hard to establish ourselves as an innovation hub in the world, and we ought not do anything that compromises that.”

Patrick himself originally proposed the computer software tax back in January to help pay for major improvements to the state’s crumbling transportation systems.

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