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Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

The tech-tax monster vs. Beacon Hill

Michael Widmer, the usually mild-mannered president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is as alarmed as I can ever remember him being. If it becomes law, he says, the transportation bill that the Legislature passed on Wednesday would require the Department of Revenue to tax a sweeping range of computer services that state firms purchase to stay competitive.

Given the high-tech state of the Massachusetts economy, that big new tax would have large negative consequences.

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