Five Things: Widmer on Software Tax, Eno on Herald Radio, and more…

NECN: Michael Widmer on Software Tax

Michael Widmer, and others weigh in on the software tax in response to Florida Governor Chris Scott’s letter to Massachusetts businesses.  Scott told business leaders that his state was more competitive and they should relocate.

Rob Eno on Herald Radio

I will be on Boston Herald Radio this morning in the 7am hour.  I will be a guest with Bob Hedlund who is substitute hosting for Jeff Katz this morning.  You can listen at or by using the TuneIn Radio App, which you can download at  

Westborough Named Best eCity in Massachusetts by Google

The folks at Google named Westborough, Massachusetts the best eCity in Massachusetts.  The Metrowest Daily News has the story:

The town has been named the “2013 eCity of Massachusetts” by Google, an award that designates “the strongest online business community in Massachusetts.”

The designation from Google will be recognized in a ceremony Wednesday.

In a press release, the company said the eCity awards “recognize the strongest online business community in each state – the digital capitals of America.

“These cities’ businesses are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies,” the release said.

Westborough is represented by three House Members and one Senator.  Tow of it’s House Members Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborougg) and Carol Dykema (D-Holliston) and it’s senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) all voted for the software services tax increase, while Matt Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) led the fight against it.

That should be mentioned at Wednesday’s ceremony.

Marc Lombardo Floor Speech Against Software Services Tax

Representative Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) speaks against the software services tax back in April.  Any Represetntative that tells you they didn’t know exactly what was going to be done, and this “got by them” is lying. Because Reps like Marc Lombardo raised all these issues back in April.

Boston Mayoral Candidates See Campaign Issue in Tech Tax Repeal

Representative Marty Walsh (D-Dorchester) voted for the software services tax.  Many of his fellow Mayoral Candidates see the issue as a rare wedge in the Boston Mayoral race.  The Boston Herald has the story.

“It’s essential that the next mayor be on board opposing the continuation of this innovation tax,” said Chris Anderson, president of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, adding that he is heartened to hear that a number of candidates are opposing the tax.

“It certainly is a good signal coming out of the city of Boston leadership,” Anderson said.

In the past week, City Councilor John R. Connolly, who opposes the tax, held a forum for dozens of tech industry leaders where the tech tax was a hot topic, and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley released a statement Sunday calling for the tax’s repeal.

The campaign for State Rep. Martin J. Walsh, who voted for the tax as part of the transportation bill, declined to comment.

But other candidates echoed Conley’s position.

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