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Unions pour another $2M into Mass. sales tax fight

October 20, 2010

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BOSTON—Unions have poured another $2 million into the fight against a sales tax-cutting ballot question.

The Massachusetts Coalition for Our Communities, the group hoping to defeat Question 3, which would lower the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent, raised and spent $2 million on the campaign between Oct. 2 and Oct. 15.

According to records filed with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, all of the money came from unions, including the American Federation of Teachers, the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

Much of the money has been spent on advertising.

Supporters of the ballot question raised and spent less than $10,000 in the same two-week period.

To date, unions have pumped more than $4 million into the campaign against the sales tax rollback.

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