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Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Scheduled In Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Thursday signed a law declaring a sales tax free weekend August 15 and 16.

Baker acknowledged the tax break costs the state revenue, but he said it is something consumers and retailers have come to expect.  Massachusetts has had a sales tax holiday weekend in all but one year since 2004. 

Jon Hurst , president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, said it helps local stores capture sales that would otherwise go to other states or online where no sales tax is collected.

" We would urge our consumers to really remember how important it is to shop local and invest in their 'Main Streets', if they want their ' Main Streets' to survive and thrive," said Hurst at Thursday's bill signing at the Statehouse.

The sales tax suspension does not apply to cars, boats, and tobacco products and items costing more than $2,500.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.