Gov. Baker to sign sales tax holiday bill on Thursday

The tax holiday bill drew strong support from Republicans

BOSTON (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE) – Gov. Charlie Baker will make it official Thursday morning; the weekend of August 15th and August 16th will be a sales tax holiday for most major purchases in the Bay State.

At 9:30 a.m., Baker will green-light the suspension of the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax by signing the tax holiday bill passed last week by the Legislature.

The governor will be joined for the signing in room 157 by representatives from the small business retail sector, his staff said.

The tax holiday bill drew strong support from Republicans, but divided Democrats, with critics of the idea calling it a “boondoggle” and minimizing the 6.25 percent savings that consumers would receive by buying items exempt from the sales tax.

The sales tax holiday bill cleared the House 136-20 and the Senate 27-11. Some lawmakers who voted for it said they did so reluctantly and hoped the measure would get a closer examination next year.

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