Via The Eagle-Tribune:
The new sales tax on software and computer services looks doomed as Democratic leaders on Beacon Hill, including Haverhill state Rep. Brian Dempsey, said yesterday they support a repeal in the face of business opposition.
Dempsey, chairman of the House Ways and Means budget committee, said he supported repeal of the 6.25 percent tax, enacted as part of a $500 million transportation package this summer, once affected businesses expressed their opposition after the package was passed.
Momentum toward repeal snowballed this week as several top Democratic officials abandoned support for the tax, which business leaders worried would have a negative impact on the state economy.
Republicans, including state Reps. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester and James Lyons, R-Andover, filed a bill repealing the tax earlier this week. Gov. Deval Patrick, who originally proposed the tax in January as part of a $1.9 billion transportation and education plan, announced his support for repeal Tuesday. Yesterday, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, and Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, said at a news conference that they supported repeal and would schedule votes in their chambers. Keep on reading...