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Massachusetts House To Vote To Repeal "Tech Tax"

The Massachusetts House is expected to vote Wednesday to repeal the new sales tax on computer software services.

The so-called “ tech tax “was part of a package of  tax increases the Legislature approved in July to raise $500 million for transportation, education and local aid.  But legislative leaders and Governor Patrick say they’ve been persuaded by critics, such as Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that the  tax is bad for business.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said because state tax collections were far ahead of  benchmarks for the first two months of the fiscal year he does not believe repealing the $160 million “ tech tax” will result in a budget shortfall.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.