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CHANDLER FLAGS $$$ OPTIONS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, CALLS FOR DEVELOPMENT

By Michael P. Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MARCH 13, 2018....In addition to promoting a $2 billion tax on the wealthy, Senate President Harriette Chandler on Monday told business leaders from central Massachusetts that other taxes and fees may be needed to make the kind of investments in transportation and infrastructure that will boost the economy and open new opportunities for people.

"The truth is that we need to take a hard look at what revenues may need to come into play to allow us to make the investments in infrastructure and services that you in the business community deserve," Chandler told the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, according to her prepared remarks.

Chandler then listed possible revenue sources: "We need to be creative, whether that means expanded fees from AirBnb or ride hailing services; or new fees from sports betting; or taxes on online sales, allowing local businesses to compete on an equal playing field with their international online competitors."


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