Five Things: Tech Tax Repeal, Intel Cuts 700 Mass Jobs, and more

Tech Tax To Go Away

On the heels of learning of increased revenues from existing taxes, and a strong push by the technology community, the Massachusetts Legislature is set to repeal the 6.25% tax on software services without replacing the revenue.  In what the Boston Businees Journal described as a “stunning reversal” Terry Murray and Bob DeLeo held a press conference yesterday to announce the repeal.  

Not every legislator though thinks this is a good idea, Jamie Eldridge, moments after learning his district was going to lose 700 technology manufacturing jobs, tweeted out the following.

Some legislators just don’t get it.  

Intel to Lay off 700, Close Hudson MA Plant

Intel, announced yesterday that is is closing an outdated manufacturing facility in Massachusetts.  

Intel Corp. plans to close its chip manufacturing plant in Hudson, Mass., its only one in the state, and lay off the 700 workers there.

A research and development facility with about 850 workers on the same campus at 75 Reed Rd. in Hudson will not be affected, a spokeswoman said.

Intel spokeswoman Anne Hurd said the Hudson plant is the last in the world to make Intel’s 200MM chip, which is being phased out by the company.

“We make a 200 millimeter wafer (in Hudson) and the state of the art has moved ahead to 300 millimeter wafers,” she said. Hudson’s clean-room manufacturing facility is 100,000 square feet; 300 millimeter clean rooms start at about 500,000 square feet. With the Intel site atop a hill, there is no room to expand, Hurd said. (See correction below.)

Intel goes on to say the obligatory things to make us feel good in Massachusetts. It’s not us, it’s them.  The plant can’t make the new chips and doesn’t have the footprint to expand here.  But we all know that if Intel wanted to expand the facility or keep the manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts they’d find a way to do so.  700 highly skilled workers aren’t easy to find.  

Like the rest of the companies on the conveyor belt leaving Massachusetts, they’d rather go quietly without making waves.  

House GOP Caucus Releases Tech Tax Review Video

The Massachusetts House GOP Caucus releases a video to remind us how the Tech Tax became Law.  Very good video.

Senator’s Candy Stashes Causing Mice Infestation on Beacon Hill

Terry Murray warned legislators that their slovenly candy storing practices are causing mice to destroy the infrastructure of the Senate.  She asked nicely that they change their ways.

Massachusetts senators are being urged to end their practice of keeping candy in their desks after mice searching for the treats also chewed the senators’ microphone wires.

Senate President Therese Murray made the plea Thursday during a formal session.

The discovery was made during an upgrade of the camera system in the Senate to allow for better webcasting. Workers found that some of the senators’ microphone wires had been chewed by mice.

Charlie Baker on Tech Tax Repeal

A day after State Treasurer Steve Grossman berated Charlie Baker for pushing for repeal of the tech tax without replacing the revenue, Mass Legislative leaders were poised to do what Baker called for.  Baker released the following statement on the tax repeal effort.

“Repealing this new tax on software services is the right thing to do.  I give real credit to those in the tech community that made sure their voices were being heard on Beacon Hill and to the Republican leadership for continuing to make the case for repeal after the law was enacted.  We need to listen to good ideas regardless of which party proposes them and enact policies that encourage, not discourage, economic growth in Massachusetts.”

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