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Legislature throws tech sector under the bus

Dockyard, a small Boston-based company, could be facing a significant cost increase, says principal Brian Cardarella.
Dockyard, a small Boston-based company, could be facing a significant cost increase, says principal Brian Cardarella.John Tlumacki/GLobe Staff

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Back in March, I had a chance to interview Governor Deval Patrick on stage at a Boston hotel, in front of several hundred tech workers. The Massachusetts innovation economy, he boasted, was “one of the reasons why we are growing jobs faster than most other states.”

Earlier that month, a group of legislators led by state Senator Karen Spilka, Democrat of Ashland, formed the Tech Hub Caucus, to help “shine a spotlight on tech’s far-reaching economic importance,” according to a press release.

But last week, Beacon Hill threw tech under a truck. On Wednesday, with exactly seven days’ notice, a law went into effect requiring any business that provides “computer system design services” in Massachusetts to collect the 6.25 percent sales tax from in-state customers

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