Statehouse meeting focuses on ‘tech tax’ in Massachusetts

Governor Deval Patrick has met with business leaders and lawmakers to discuss the state’s controversial the new sales tax on computer and software services, but the outcome of the meeting is unclear.

The meeting was convened behind closed doors in the governor’s office, and an aide originally told reporters that Patrick would speak at the conclusion of the meeting.

But reporters who gathered outside the governor’s office were later told that the meeting had ended and that the governor would not be making a public statement anytime soon. An aide called the mix-up a ‘‘misunderstanding.’’

The tax, approved as part of a transportation financing plan, has drawn sharp criticism from technology companies that have called the 6.25 percent tax confusing and harmful to a key sector of the state’s economy.


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