Massachusetts statewide sales tax measure gaining momentum
BOSTON, Massachusetts: Activists stated during the week of November 19, 2009 that they had collected enough signatures to place the measure on the 2010 ballot. Carla A. Howell, chairwoman of the committee organizing the effort, Alliance to Roll Back Taxes, declined to provide the number of signatures collected, but did state: "We do feel confident we've submitted more than the requirement.”
According to the ballot summary: This proposed law would reduce the state sales and use tax rates (which were 6.25% as of September 2009) to 2.5% as of January 1, 2011. It would make the same reduction in the rate used to determine the amount to be deposited with the state Commissioner of Revenue by non-resident building contractors as security for the payment of sales and use tax on tangible personal property used in carrying out their contracts.