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March 23, 2013

Patrick defends new 'big data' sales tax


After Patrick’s appearance at a project management conference at UMass Boston, New England Cable News hit send on a Twitter message that read, “#Breaking: @MassGovernor announces he’s running for a third term,” and for four minutes the political world stood still. Then came a correction. Patrick was just joking, the network said.

“I wasn’t even out the door and people told me Twitter was lighting up,” Patrick said, laughing about the miscue.

“I’m really, really excited about what’s going to happen here in the Commonwealth, particularly if we make these investments in transportation and education. I think we’re going to see a very steady growth, in fact, an emergence out of recession already that’s been faster than the national average really take off. And it would be fun to be around for that and to be governor for that, but it’s also true that I want to be able to go home at night and I promised Diane two terms and I really mean two terms,” Patrick said.

Asked what the kerfuffle said about the age of social media, Patrick quickly pivoted back to the issue at hand. “Let me tell you about what I think about social media. If it’s about supporting our investments in transportation and education, I am all for it,” he said.

Patrick met, as he often does, with Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray on Monday afternoon, but said he did not come away with any sense that House leaders had arrived at a decision or plan to address transportation financing. DeLeo said this month he would prefer to tackle the issue before the budget next month.

“The House hasn’t landed yet on what they want to do,” Patrick said.

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation published a report Tuesday comparing Patrick’s plan to tax software solutions as a good rather than a service to “Pandora’s box,” suggesting business products from custom web design to cloud computing, data storage, computer programming and software installation could be subject to taxation.

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