1. The State Doesn't Need The Revenue
At the end of the 2013 fiscal year in June, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue reported a revenue surplus of $627 million above the benchmark for the year. At the end of July, the legislature passed the tax on software services into law as part of a bill to raise funds for state transportation. Some estimates for the fiscal year 2014 put the surplus as high as $800 million, which Winslow said left him asking: "Why do we need this tax to raise more funds?"