July 22, 2016
A day after Gov. Charlie Baker said he would sign a Senate proposal to extend the state’s hotel tax to short-term rentals like Airbnb in order to expand a tax credit for low and middle income families, he issued a statement backtracking. Baker said Friday he would not sign the Senate’s version of the bill after all. “In its current form, the governor is unable to support the Senate’s version, as the estimated revenue generated would fall far short of the costs of expanding the (Earned Income Tax Credit),” said Baker spokesman Billy Pitman. The comments came a day after Baker said on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio that he would sign the bill, as a way to create “a level playing field” between the hotel industry and Airbnb….
Source: http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/07/gov_charlie_baker_backtracking.html