Boston Herald:  Despite intense lobbying by big-box stores and the recent passage of a California measure to force online retailers to charge sales tax, the sponsor of a similar bill in the Bay State said his proposal is headed for defeat.

“The speaker and the governor have made it perfectly clear that they won’t support any new taxes,” said state Rep. Martin Walsh. “My bill has a less than 50-50 chance of passage because legislators perceive it as a new tax.”