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Eldridge said that he had received many calls and emails from concerned business owners in his constituency and, if he hadn't already responded to them, he hopes to get to them all soon.
"It's too early to say what other action will happen, but I do think the calls and actions from constituents and business owners has definitely gotten our attention," Eldridge said. "I haven't made a decision on how to go forward, but certainly the calls I'm getting I'm taking very seriously."
Some of the outcry over the tax is in reference to the lack of a public hearing for the bill. While Eldridge agreed that this was a mistake on the part of the legislature, he said that businesses had plenty of time to approach their representatives as it was proposed in February. He said he couldn't recall anyone reaching out to him with concerns prior to his vote for the tax.
"I think it's important for all of us, as citizens, as voters, as residents to get engaged in the political process, to advocate," Eldridge said, adding "I'm glad to see it happening now."
While he maintained that he is working to inform himself more about the concerns of the community, Eldridge said that he stands behind his decision for the time being. He asked business owners to remember the need to upgrade Massachusetts' transportation network, and that the money has to come from somewhere.
"The question is: If it's not this tax, then which tax would they prefer?" Eldridge said. "I do think at the end of the day there needs to be some source of revenue to pay for transportation and the state budgets."