Since legislators had no idea what they were voting on, or that it will harm one of the most vital sectors of our economy with its ability to create jobs, this new sales tax should be repealed immediately; legislative Republicans filed a bill on Monday to accomplish this before more businesses consider moving their jobs elsewhere.
However, I must admit that having the repeal petition on the 2014 ballot with the legislative doofuses (doofi?) who passed it would be great fun, giving their opponents the opportunity to tell voters about the legislators’ ignorance of the bills they pass and of how the economy works. Maybe by next November voters will be looking for management ability in a Governor Baker, and legislators who think about consequences before they overtax job creators.
By the way: Repealing the new tech tax only to replace it with another increase in the state income tax rate would be another bad idea. Taxpayers’ slogan should be “Repeal, Resist, Reform” as they seek out this initiative petition to sign.
Marblehead resident Barbara Anderson is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a Salem News columnist.