Key legislative leaders on Beacon Hill have joined Governor Deval Patrick in backing a repeal of the controversial software services tax, delivering a major victory to the technology communities that lobbied hard against it.
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray called for the repeal of the tax on Thursday just two days after Patrick publicly denounced the measure. The backing of all three major players on Beacon Hill all but ensures a quick end to the tax. It could be put to a vote in the first formal legislative sessions this fall.
DeLeo said lawmakers would not seek another tax to replace the $160 million the software tax was intended to raise. “We’re going to repeal it, and move on,” he said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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