Boston: Group Formed to Oppose Question That Would Lower Sales Tax

A group has formed to oppose a ballot question that would lower the Massachusetts sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5 percent. 

The group Save Our Public Services said it registered with state election officials Monday. The group includes unions, business leaders, religious congregations and social service advocates.

Organizers say the question could decrease state revenues by more than $1 billion annually.

The ballot question is backed by local retailers who say the measure would not only help store owners, but also benefit seniors and low-income families.

Retailers say they’re struggling from competition from New Hampshire, which has no sales tax, and from online sellers, many of which don’t collect sales taxes.

The question would also require the state to designate a weekend each August as a sales-tax free weekend.

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