BOSTON -- Thanks to relentless advocacy by the Baker-Polito Administration and the GOP team on Beacon Hill, Massachusetts' sales-tax free weekend gets underway today. A new editorial from the Boston Herald lauds the Governor's support for and ability to enact the measure. It also notes that the holiday will now be an annual event - so taxpayers won't have to rely on Beacon Hill Democrats to begrudgingly provide them the relief they deserve.
Editorial: Perfect time for sales tax holiday
Today begins the sales tax holiday weekend in Massachusetts, which gives consumers a reprieve from the 6.25 percent levy on most store items. Thankfully, the tax holiday will be an annual occurrence in the Bay State as Gov. Charlie Baker’s continued advocacy has finally paid off.
“The sales tax holiday gives consumers a much needed break and supports business across the commonwealth for our hardworking retailers,” said Gov. Baker.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito focused on what has become an annual ritual for parents, saying, “This weekend will especially help out parents who are looking to make back-to-school purchases.”
She is right. Parents in the commonwealth are not only buying clothes and supplies for their children, but in many cities and towns are also expected to purchase core supplies for the entire classroom and school, including cleaning supplies. In some towns, parents easily spend $100 on such items.
The sales tax holiday is a good program. The taxpayers of Massachusetts need all the relief they can get. This is a very expensive state to live in.
Likewise, brick-and-mortar retailers under siege from online competitors need some foot traffic, and this will get people walking in the doors.
There are critics who claim that the tax holiday simply shifts the timeframe on purchases already in the pipeline for consumers, but everyone likes a sale and there is no doubt there are new dollars being spent.
New Hampshire businesses along the Massachusetts border depend on Bay Staters to make purchases in the Granite State to avoid taxes. It is human nature, and it should be. Taxpayers work hard for their money and they want to be able to determine where and how it is spent. It is very obvious that hardworking folks have more respect for their own money than Beacon Hill does. Remember, legislators gave themselves a handsome raise last year without asking for the taxpayers’ permission.
A shakedown-free weekend is not too much to ask for in exchange.