Lawmakers propose tax-free weekend on back to school supplies

08/25/2013 03:13 PM

Going back to school isn’t just tough on kids, who have to shake off the easy days of summer. It’s also tough on parents’ wallets.

So some lawmakers are renewing their idea to give them a vacation from sales tax.

Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Middlesboro, has prefiled a bill to create a three-day tax free weekend in August in which school supplies would be exempt from Kentucky’s 6 percent sales tax.

The proposal has been brought before the General Assembly in the past, but has failed because it carries a cost. But lawmakers say the proposal could be a boon for Kentucky businesses, especially some along the border of other states such as Tennessee that offer such a tax-free weekend. Here’s what they’re saying about the proposal:

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Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or



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