My letter to the editor of the Concord Journal: Sales tax hike will hurt businesses

Friends:

FYI – I submitted a letter to the editor of the Concord Journal in response to that paper’s recent story on the fragile local business climate. Here’s my letter:

Sales tax hike will hurt businesses

To the editor:

Thank you for the well-written, but sobering, article on the plight of local business-owners doing their best to weather the ongoing economic storm (“The fight to stay: Businesses try to flow with the economy,” July 23).

What will surely make these folks’ tough situations even tougher is the fact that our elected leaders have recently voted to increase the state’s sales tax by 25 percent, from 5 percent to 6.25 percent. This is a stunningly unwise move that will undoubtedly serve as the last straw for many struggling area businesses, large and small. They will close up shop, which means laying off staff, terminating leases and halting their contributions to local commerce. The impact on the local economy will be significant.

Our elected leaders in Boston should reconsider their terrible decision to raise the sales tax before more Massachusetts businesses are forced to close down. We are all tightening our belts – our elected leaders should do the same.

Eric Dahlberg

Chelmsford selectman

The link to my letter in the Concord Journal is available here:

Sales tax hike will hurt businesses

http://www.wickedlocal.com/con…

The link to the article to which my letter responds is here:

The fight to stay: Businesses try to flow with the economy

http://www.wickedlocal.com/con…

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