November 07, 2017    

Diehl Submits 10,000 Signatures to Reduce Sales Tax

Whitman, MA … Today Representative Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman), candidate for U.S. Senate, kept his promise to collect 10,000 raw signatures for the ballot question to lower the sales tax to 5 percent and create a permanent sales tax holiday weekend.

“I am pleased to announce that our grassroots team has collected 10,000 signatures. It was a lot of hard work, but we got it done,” said Diehl. “This effort once again shows I am committed to helping the hardworking taxpayers of Massachusetts. While others talk and yell about issues, I take action. Unlike Senator Warren, taxpayers can count on me to fight for them.”

The Massachusetts Retailer Association filed language with the Attorney General’s office seeking a 2018 ballot question to reduce the sales tax to 5 percent and create a permanent sales tax holiday weekend. To get the question on the ballot, the Retailers have to collect roughly 100,000 to qualify by November 22. Diehl’s campaign contributed 10 percent of the needed signatures.

“Reducing the sales tax will not only give hardworking families a tax break, but it will also level the playing field for Massachusetts brick and mortar stores that compete with online and New Hampshire retailers,” said Diehl.

Four years ago, Diehl led the grassroots team to successfully repeal automatic gas tax hikes—saving taxpayers $2 billion. The effort has already prevented 3 gas tax increases for drivers.

During that signature drive, Diehl along with grassroots volunteers collected over 120,000 signatures within 9 weeks to get the issue on the ballot.

“I believe that it is time for a Senator who will work to put money in taxpayer wallets instead of their own pocket,” said Diehl.