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DIEHL PLEDGES VOLUNTEERS TO HELP ON SALES TAX CUT

By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 12, 2017.....Republican Senate candidate Geoff Diehl on Tuesday tied his campaign to a potential ballot initiative to lower the state's sales tax to 5 percent, offering up his own volunteers to help gather signatures to make sure the question reaches the 2018 ballot.

Diehl, a state representative from Whitman who spearheaded a successful ballot drive in 2014 to repeal a law linking the gas tax to inflation, said his goal is to help gather at least 10 percent of the required signatures for a ballot question to lower the sales tax to 5 percent from 6.25 percent and enshrine in law an annual summer sales tax holiday. Diehl's campaign pledged to help gather 10,000 raw signatures.

"We want to make sure this makes the ballot and has a chance for success," Diehl said at a press conference outside the State House Tuesday morning.


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