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September 22, 2017

Retailers plan to press forward with 5 percent sales tax ballot question

State House News Service: 9/21/17 Retailers plan to gather signatures and move forward with a potential 2018 ballot question reducing the sales tax to 5 percent and instituting an annual sales tax holiday, the News Service has confirmed. If the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) follows through on its initiative petition, voters next year could have two tax questions on the ballot – one to hike taxes on incomes over $1 million and another to reduce the sales tax from its current rate of 6.25 percent. RAM filed four proposed ballot questions with the attorney general’s office in August, and only recently decided to put its organization behind one. The alternatives that RAM decided to abandon included combinations of dropping the sales tax to 4.5 percent and including or excluding the sales tax holiday. The first test for retailers and tax relief proponents will be whether they can amass 64,750…

September 19, 2017

The Daily Caller: Elizabeth Warren Met With Longtime Wall Street Foe Jamie Dimon

Jack Crowe:  The Daily Caller – 9/19/17 Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts met with Jamie Dimon this summer after repeatedly targeting the J.P. Morgan CEO in recent years as part of her crusade against the perceived excesses of Wall Street. Warren met privately with Dimon in Washington, D.C., early this summer and attended a Democratic fundraiser held at the summer home of a former UBS executive in July, according to The New York Times. While the purpose of Warren’s meeting with Dimon remains unclear, her recent engagement with Wall Street represents a surprising departure from the oppositional stance she has long maintained toward financial executives generally, and Dimon specifically. Robert Wolf, the former UBS executive who hosted Warren at his Martha’s Vineyard home implied the disconnect between Warren’s recent Wall Street engagement and her public rhetoric was the result of political posturing. “I think Senator Warren’s views are more pragmatic;…

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