Both the House and Senate addressed the controversy over the lack of a public hearing for the software tax. The fact sheets stated that there were eight hearings held on the budget proposal as well as several on transportation funding, of which the tax is a part.
The fact sheet said that the legislature reached out to local technology organizations, specifically mentioning the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, among others. Widmer said that he could not recall the legislature reaching out to him or any organized effort to connect with local business owners. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation did send a statement to the legislature in March, calling the tax a "Pandora's box."