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Mass. Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On Tax Bills

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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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