September 20, 2013 - Wicked Local Plymouth - By Kathryn Gallerani
KINGSTON —Keeping a hawk’s eye on proposals to increase taxes and create new ones is keeping Rep. Vinny deMacedo, R-Plymouth, busy these days.
During his address last Friday at the annual Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce legislative Breakfast, deMacedo noted that he voted against a $1.9 billion tax package that would have removed deductions and taxed scholarship money and capital gains. These measures would have slammed those trying to pay for college and retirees relying on money accrued from their homes, he said.
DeMacedo thanked the Chamber for its public opposition to the new 6.25 percent technology services tax, which he said will have a negative impact on job growth. The opposition effort has already yielded results with a bill to repeal the tax. While it’s not yet clear when the repeal will happen, deMacedo said he’s confident things are moving quickly toward that end.
“There are so many things you can do to affect what happens on Beacon Hill,” he said. “You can make a difference.”
He stressed that Massachusetts and the country as a whole need to work toward a balanced budget. The national debt has already reached $17 trillion; it was $9 trillion four or five years ago, he added.
DeMacedo and other legislators delivered the state of the state, so to speak, at the Chamber’s breakfast gathering held Friday, Sept. 13, at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston.
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