BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is expected to debate and approve a bill repealing an unpopular new technology tax.
The Senate debate, scheduled for Thursday, comes a day after the House backed the repeal by a 156-1 vote.
Gov. Deval Patrick has said he's open to repealing the tax, which state officials had estimated would generate $161 million in the fiscal year that began July 1.
Patrick said Wednesday that he's waiting to see what House and Senate leaders do to close the hole in the budget. Asked if he would veto the repeal if it didn't include additional revenues, Patrick said: "That's not where I am."
House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he was proud of the repeal vote.
DeLeo has also said there will be no new taxes to make up for the lost revenue.
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