It’s the season of budgets and potholes for communities in Massachusetts. Cities and towns can fill holes in roads and finances through local aid from the state, but the process of distributing that aid is predictably contentious.
Governor Deval Patrick’s Massachusetts budget proposal released last week is expected to be hotly debated.
A recent change in Wal-Mart's corporate status in Massachusetts has resulted in a big tax hit to host communities. Within the past year, Wal-Mart, which operates more than two dozen stores in the Bay state changed the way it is authorized to do business in the state – moving from a limited liability company, to full corporate status — a perfectly legal move, according to the state's department of revenue. Under the state tax code, LLC's must pay what's called the personal property tax to municipalities — but corporations do not.