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Citizens Economic Research Foundation

There are several roll calls relating to the retroactive capital gains tax. Some of them are "procedural," which is often merely a follow-the-leadership vote, not an indication of a Democrat legislator's true position.

We plan to publish them all but this seems to be the best single indicator if you want to know which legislators are inclined to vote to change the effective date of the capital gains tax hike to January 1, 2003 instead of January 1, 2002.

This vote took place before the tax bill notice was sent to affected taxpayers, before legislators were aware of the full impact, and before the state knew about the strong September and October revenue growth, so should be considered a starting point for lobbying. House Republicans, led by Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading), George Peterson (R-Grafton) and Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth, tried to amend a corporate loophole-closing bill with the new date. The amendment was defeated 48-102. Nay is to tax retroactively, Yea to change the date to Jan. 1, 2003.

2005 Roll Call Vote