TAXES

A scene from a May 2017 event on Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge between Holyoke and South Hadley, Massachusetts.
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There’s a last-minute push on Beacon Hill to allow local communities in Massachusetts to vote on new regional taxes to pay for their own transportation projects, an option available in most other states.

Connecticut is suing the federal government over Republican tax cuts. The $1.5 trillion cuts were signed by President Donald Trump in December and included a cap on federal deductions for state and local tax, or SALT.

Republican candidates for governor of Connecticut are pushing proposals to eliminate or scale back the state’s income tax.

A minimum wage campaign rally in 2013 in front of the State House in Boston.
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The Supreme Court sided with South Dakota in its legal battle with a Boston based online retailer. The ruling last week basically paved the way for a widespread taxation of online sales.

But will widespread taxation actually happen, and is there something that needs to be done on Beacon Hill in order for the state to be able to collect that tax?

A last-minute budget move criticized as a “hidden tax” on electric and gas utility customers goes into effect next week. It will take more than $75 million in energy efficiency money collected from consumers and, instead, sweep that money into the state’s general fund.

Voting in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Voters will not have an opportunity to impose an income surtax on the state’s wealthiest earners this November, after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that the proposal known as the “millionaire tax” cannot appear on the ballot.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has vetoed a bill that would have allowed small businesses to take advantage of a state tax break that’s now only available to large manufacturers. The tax break is for hiring apprentices. Malloy says he is worried it would allow small businesses to sell the credits to wealthy individuals looking for tax loopholes.

The Massachusetts Senate approved a first-of-its kind state tax for outdoor recreational businesses in the town of Charlemont.
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The Massachusetts Senate approved a first-of-its kind state tax for outdoor recreational businesses in the town of Charlemont. If approved, a three percent tax would be levied.

Boston Approves Tax Break For Amazon's Seaport Plans

Mar 16, 2018

Boston’s planning and development agency on Thursday night approved a measure giving Amazon a tax break for proposed office space in the Seaport.

Amazon is negotiating a lease for forthcoming office space in the massive Seaport Square development.

The plan approved by the Boston Development and Planning Agency (BPDA) would give Amazon a $5 million reduction in property taxes in exchange for the company adding 2,000 workers.

Newman's Own Rescued From Tax Snafu

Feb 26, 2018

Newman’s Own Foundation CEO Bob Forrester thanked Connecticut’s U.S. Senators for helping it escape a tax provision that would have threatened its existence.  

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