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Idaho Goes Against Trend, Exempts Cloud Software from Sales Tax

By Steven D. Jones, DowJones Newswire

The proposed rules leave open other classifications of services from custom Web design to online health-care diagnostics that could push them under the tax umbrella as well, said Andrew Bagley, research director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is pushing for a legislative description of software as a service. "We'd prefer that the definition of cloud software not be left to the Department of Revenue," said Mr. Bagley.
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How will state fund $1B-a-year transit bill?

By Chris Camire, The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he would like to see an increase in the gas tax included in any revenue package. "It goes directly into transportation, but most importantly, we haven't raised the gas tax since 1991, so we're paying 21 cents, but we're only getting 12 cents worth of value," Widmer said. "That's not any way to maintain our transportation system. So I think it's fair to ask people in the state to at least keep pace with inflation."
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