Tech Tax Debate Yields One Principled Massachusetts Democrat – Angelo Scaccia

He’d say you’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything

You’ve got to be your own man not a puppet on a string

Never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name

You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything
– Aaron Tippin

This week, all but one state representative voted to overturn the so-called tech tax, a tax on software services.  That one Democrat was Angelo Scaccia (D-Readville).  

While three Democrats voted against over-riding Governor Patrick’s veto and against the taxes in the first place. Only one legislator, in either the house or the senate, held to his convictions and voted for higher taxes every time he could.  That legislator was Angelo Scaccia.  

Scaccia didn’t pull any punches either.  Here’s how he’s quoted in State House News.

Rep. Angelo Scaccia, a Democrat from Readville, voted against the repeal. Scaccia said House Speaker Robert DeLeo would regret backing away from the tax, suggesting it might cost him future political capital.

“Mr. Speaker I’m not a revisionist, but I do revisit every once in a while because I’ve had some history here. You are going to rue the day when you have gotten something and then have given it back for nothing,” Scaccia said on the House floor. “If in fact we run into problems down the road, I don’t know if you can ask your membership to vote green on a tax package again.”

Scaccia called the nearly $2 billion tax package the governor originally pushed unreasonable, and said the package DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray agreed to made sense. Removing the computer services tax does not leave enough money to invest in transportation, Scaccia said. He criticized legislative leaders for keeping the gas tax and $1 cigarette tax, while dropping the computer services tax.

 

While we as conservatives certainly don’t agree with his position, Scaccia showed that he is a man of his convictions. No matter how wrong we think those convictions are.  He’s not pandering to voters, and acting like he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  

We should praise principled legislators like Angelo Scaccia, because he’s an honest broker and you know you can trust him.  

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