- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he’s opposed to any broad-based tax hikes.

DeLeo told reporters Wednesday after a closed-door caucus with fellow Democrats that the House won’t recommend any increase in the state’s income and sales taxes in its version of the state budget.

DeLeo didn’t rule out more targeted changes in the tax code including a recommendation by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to apply the state’s hotel tax to online lodging services such as Airbnb.

Baker’s $40.5 billion budget plan also includes ordering more large online retailers to collect sales taxes, even if they have no physical presence in Massachusetts.

The House and Senate must approve their budget plans and then send a single, compromise version to Baker before the start of the new fiscal year July 1.



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