BOSTON – Representative D’Emilia (R-Bridgewater) joined his House Republican Colleagues this week in voting against the transportation finance package offered by Governor Patrick and House Democrats.
The more than $500M in tax increases directly targets the hardworking taxpayers and small businesses of the Commonwealth. This legislation ignores the citizens of this Commonwealth who are still struggling to make ends meet by increasing the cigarette tax by $1 per pack, imposing the state sales tax on computer software and services, and by implementing a three cent per gallon increase in the gas tax that would index future increases in the tax to inflation. By indexing this tax future legislators will not be required to take tough votes or create quality policies for the good of the citizens who already cannot afford these prices.
The high-tech industry of Massachusetts will not be immune to the wide-reaching tax proposal passed by the House majority. Higher taxes on software services will stifle the state’s entrepreneurs simultaneously effecting residents and consumers.
“At this point in time where we are over $600M ahead of benchmark in revenues, this proposal makes no sense”, said Representative D’Emilia. “We have put an unnecessary burden on the hardworking men and women of this Commonwealth along with our business owners and job providers. All we have done is made it more difficult for people to pay their bills.”
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