May 14, 2018    

Team Diehl Collecting Signatures to Help Lower Sales Tax

Diehl Wants to Lower Tax Burden

Whitman, MA … Today Representative Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman), the endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, will be assisting in collecting signatures to help lower the sales tax back to 5 percent and create a permanent sales tax holiday weekend.

“I am committed to helping the hard working people of Massachusetts who deserve a break,” said Diehl. “While others talk and yell about issues, I take action. Unlike Senator Warren, taxpayers can count on me to fight for them.”

Last summer, 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 had to collect roughly 100,000 signatures to qualify by November. Diehl’s campaign contributed 10 percent of the needed signatures last fall. The legislature has refused to act on the ballot question, so another 11,000 signatures are needed to secure final placement on the November ballot.

“Reducing the sales tax will not only give 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.