Massachusetts Senate votes to abolish tech tax; bill now awaits Patrick’s signature

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The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously Thursday to abolish a sales tax on software services that generated a firestorm of criticism from business leaders, following Wednesday’s action in the House of Representatives to repeal the fledgling levy.

It is now up to Governor Deval Patrick to decide whether to put his signature on a bill to kill a tax that was a major part of his initiative to fund statewide transportation projects. A decision by Patrick could come this week.

In a reversal of his original position, the governor has supported the repeal effort, but stopped short this week of saying outright that he would sign the bill to kill it. “I’m waiting to see what they do,” Patrick told reporters Wednesday.

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