MassFiscal Scorecard Update: 6 Votes on the “Stimulus” Package and the Minimum Wage

(It would be nice if they scored the $1B Convention center vote. – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has again updated its scorecard for both branches of the General Court, with 5 new votes on the House side and 1 vote in the Senate on a pair of bills debated over the past two weeks.

And now, without further ado…the votes!

HOUSE


Sales Tax Holiday (RC #388): This amendment sought to create a sales tax “holiday” for two weekend days during the summer. The amendment, which MassFiscal SUPPORTED, passed 132-14 (D: 103-14; R: 29-0).

Exemption from Minimum Excise Tax (RC #389): Massachusetts imposes a minimum excise tax on businesses of $456, regardless of their tax bill under the usual rate calculation. This amendment sought to exempt certain new small businesses from having to pay that minimum for their first three years of existence. The amendment, which MassFiscal SUPPORTED, failed 44-102 (D: 15-102; R: 29-0).

Sales Tax Holiday (RC #390): This vote was on a so-called further amendment designed to kill a proposal for establishing a one-week meals tax holiday in late July. The further amendment, which MassFiscal OPPOSED, passed 108-38 (D: 108-9; R: 0-29).

Final Passage of Stimulus Package (RC #392): This vote was on final passage of Speaker DeLeo’s $100 million-plus economic stimulus package. The bill passed 125-23 (D: 119-0; R: 6-23).

Conference Committee Report on Minimum Wage Increase (House Vote) (RC #393): This vote was on agreeing to the conference committee report on raising the minimum wage, which would go up to $11/hour by 2017, among other provisions. The bill, which MassFiscal OPPOSED, passed 124-24 (D: 118-1; R: 6-23).

SENATE


Conference Committee Report on Minimum Wage Increase (Senate Vote) (RC #352): This vote was on agreeing to the conference committee report on raising the minimum wage, which would go up to $11/hour by 2017, among other provisions. The bill, which MassFiscal OPPOSED, passed 35-4 (D: 35-0; R: 0-4).

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