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  • The Boston Globe reports on the upcoming vote on the sales tax holiday that, "a growing chorus of legislators and budget watchdogs from across the political spectrum is voicing sharp skepticism about the summer sales tax holiday, a decadelong Massachusetts tradition popular with consumers." Senator Brownsberger plans to vote against the holiday and is quoted as saying on his website, "[h]olidays are festive and I am not by nature a grinch.”
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  • Since 2004 (except in the 2009 recession year), the legislature has voted a sales tax holiday weekend in August. I've historically voted in favor of these holidays. However, I'm giving it a second thought this year. They just don't work the way we think they should, as I explain in this post. What are your thoughts?
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  • Over the past two months, I have heard from roughly 200 constituents in my district who are concerned about the Governor's proposal to eliminate the film tax credit. Some of the most thoughtful constituents indicated that they didn't like the credit going to out of state movie stars and would like to see it used in a less wasteful way to benefit in-state workers. To further that conversation, in this year's Senate budget we adopted a very modest compromise amendment, calling for a report.
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  • In conjunction with his budget, Governor Baker proposed the elimination of the Film Tax Credit. On this issue, I agree with the Governor. While I am basically eager to encourage every job-creating industry in Massachusetts, the film tax credit is just too generous to one particular industry -- no other industry receives a subsidy as deep as that offered by the film tax credit.
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Will Brownsberger
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2d Suffolk and Middlesex District