Mass. Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On Tax Bills

BOSTON (AP) – Taxes are on the table again this week on Beacon Hill.

The Joint Committee on Revenue has scheduled a hearing Thursday on dozens of bills aimed at changing the state’s tax code. Several are intended to give tax breaks, including lifting the sales tax on children’s books, certain medical supplies and boats that are built or rebuilt in Massachusetts.

Another bill would use the tax code to encourage the use of electric cars.

Still other proposed laws would use taxes to discourage some activities, including establishing an excise tax on plastic carryout bags. And other bills would lower the state sales tax to 5 percent and establish a meals tax holiday.

Legislative leaders have vowed to not include any tax hikes in the state budget this year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. elio del greco says:

    IT WOULD BE REALLY GREAT IF YOU FOLKS ON BEACON HILL WOULD ELIMINATE THE EXCISE TAXS ON MOTOR VEHICLES. WE PAY THIS TAX THE REST OF OUR LIVES ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER SICK TAXES. IT’S TIME THEY DID SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE FOR THE CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

    1. Garry Burke says:

      They aren’t beholding to the citizens of the Commonwealth, but those of campaign contributions.

  2. Ajay says:

    This is just what the People’s Republic of Massachusetts needs… more social engineering through the tax codes.

  3. emom says:

    If beacon hill thinks that by creating more TAXES is going to help this state,, sadly they on the wrong road to recovery…. If will sink this state further into debt, create more unemployed folks, business will close due to lack of customers. I will bring in my own bags to bag my groceries ,,,,, I will stop any kind of potential tax hike I can.,,, even as much as doing away with the bottles… OH WAIT I already do that….creating more and more taxes is only for the benifit of those working on beacon hill.. its a way for them to gain revenue to hire a few more flunkysor friends of those flunkys.. yeah what a way to mess with the future of this state,,, by hurting those that work for a living and pay those that SIT AND DO NOTHING AT A DESK BUT DEMAND MORE MONEY… and you thought I was speaking of the bums at home watching dr phil and eating ben & jerrys icecream………… NOPE the ones on beacon hill are the biggest waste ….. the hackers of the state..

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