Is that a hint of red seeping into the blue tint of Massachusetts’ image as a progressive state?
Recent tax policies – specifically, raising the state’s sales tax to 6.25 percent, extending it to software services, and increasing state gas tax by 3 cents a gallon this year – appear to be giving Massachusetts a slightly different political shade these days.
Regularly criticized as a tax that falls disproportionately on the poor, the sales tax has nevertheless become an increasingly important tool to raise revenues for the state, experts agree. The same thing is happening across the country: When the going gets tough, such as during the recent recession, states are turning to the sales tax to boost revenues. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.