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Statehouse meeting focuses on 'tech tax' in Mass.

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has met with business leaders and legislative to discuss the state's controversial the new sales tax on computer and software services, but it appears no decisions were made.

The tax, approved as part of a transportation financing plan, has drawn sharp criticism from technology companies that have called the 6.25 percent tax confusing and harmful to a key sector of the Massachusetts economy.

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer said Patrick and lawmakers listened to the arguments during the closed-door session but made no commitment. The foundation is among groups calling for repeal of the tax.

The governor's office originally said Patrick would speak after the meeting, but later told reporters gathered outside his office that he would not be coming out to comment.

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