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Mass. House lawmakers vote to repeal ‘tech tax’

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House voted Wednesday to repeal an unpopular new technology tax on computer and software services.

The House vote was 156-1. The Senate is expected to vote on repealing the tax when senators come back into session Thursday.

Gov. Deval Patrick is open to repealing the tax, which state officials had estimated would generate $161 million in the fiscal year that began July 1. Asked if he would veto the repeal if it didn’t include additional revenues, Patrick said: “That’s not where I am.”

“They know what we have to deal with. I can’t deal with it without them so I’m waiting to see what they do,” he said. “Whether they do it all today or do it over the next several months, remains to be seen.”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo has said that no new taxes will be proposed to make up for the revenue.

House Republican leader Rep. Brad Jones called the repeal bittersweet because it is “only undoing a stupid thing we did six weeks ago.”

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