House Lawmakers Vote To Repeal ‘Tech Tax’

By Steve LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House has approved a repeal of an unpopular new technology tax.

The House backed the repeal by a 156-1 vote when it met in a formal session Wednesday.

Gov. Deval Patrick has said he’s open to repealing the tax, which state officials had estimated would generate $161 million in the fiscal year that began July 1. Patrick said Wednesday that he’s waiting to see what House and Senate leaders do to close the hole in the budget.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo has said there will be no proposal of any new taxes to make up for the revenue. He also said he anticipated no budget cuts as a result of the repeal.

The Senate is also expected to vote to repeal the tax when it comes back into formal session on Thursday.

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