Mass. House rejects sales tax cut
GOP bill to lower sales levy set aside First action on $32.3b budget
The Massachusetts House of Representatives killed a Republican measure to lower the state sales tax to 5 percent early this afternoon, instead voting 119-37 to send the proposal to a study commission. The measure would have lowered the rate to 5 percent, phased in over a three-year period, beginning in July 2013. Three years ago, lawmakers increased the sales tax from 5 percent to 6.25 percent. At the time, some said it was a temporary increase.