I have only one question for Deval Patrick: What took you so long?
You knew, back in June, about growing opposition to the software tax tucked into your transportation finance bill. Tech and business leaders warned the levy was so broadly written it would have a devastating impact, not only on the tech industry, but on any company that buys sophisticated software. These days, that’s just about everyone.
But no, you kept the tax. Maybe because you were too busy arguing with Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo over something else in the bill nobody can remember now.
The techies rebooted and proposed a reasonable amendment that would cap the tax at $161 million, instead of the $500 million they estimated it would cost companies.
Nothing. What was there to think about? Was our lame duck governor too busy wondering who’s playing at Tanglewood?
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