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  • This spring, the legislature will consider a voter initiative to raise the income tax on people earning over one million dollars. A hearing is scheduled on Tuesday, 1/19, from 10:30 AM-1:00 PM in room B-1 in the State House. I am fully committed to vote to put the proposal on the ballot and ultimately, you the voters will decide its fate. I'm very interested in your thoughts.
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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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Will Brownsberger
State Senator
2d Suffolk and Middlesex District