Baker Makes Late Pitch for Summer Sales Tax Break

A article written on August 3rd discusses Governor Baker's efforts to put a summer sales tax holiday in place, which Representative Crocker supports and thinks will benefit the Cape and stimulate the economy.

Baker Makes Late Pitch for Summer Sales Tax Break

August 3, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is making a last-ditch effort to put a sales tax holiday on the summer calendar, but legislative leaders quickly appeared to throw cold water on the idea.

The Republican governor on Wednesday filed a bill that would suspend the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax on the weekend of Aug 19-20.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo said in a statement that the House had in past years supported a sales tax holiday “whenever revenues allow.” He noted Massachusetts is currently experiencing “unpredicted revenue shortfalls” that have prompted budget cuts.

Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg said a public hearing would be held on Baker’s bill, but also pointed to the state’s tenuous finances.

2nd Barnstable State Rep. Will Crocker (R-Centerville) said he supports holding a sales tax holiday this year.

“I have heard from a number of business owners and operators in the district who believe a tax free weekend is a great way to get people into their stores and to stimulate the economy here on the Cape in the late summer,” Crocker said. “I think it’s a great idea and will support it as much as I can.”

The House and Senate are on August recess with no formal sessions scheduled until after Labor Day.

Read the article here.