BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts voters have rejected a ballot question that would have cut the state sales tax rate by more than half.

Supporters of Question 3, which would have lowered the tax from 6.25 to 3 percent, said the only way to pressure the state to live within its means is to cut taxes – a move they said would also boost the economy and create jobs.

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Critics, including all four candidates for governor, said the tax cut would have forced the state to slash $2.5 billion in services, including local aid to cities and towns, at a time when Massachusetts is still climbing out of a recession.

Opponents, including state and national teachers unions, poured more than $4 million into an advertising campaign against the question, overwhelming supporters.

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Toby McGrath of “Vote No on 3” spoke with WBZ’s Deb Lawler

Carla Howell of “Vote Yes on 3” chats with WBZ’s Deb Lawler

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