2 RI Lawmakers Propose State Sales Tax Holiday

Two state lawmakers are proposing a sales tax holiday for Rhode Island.

WJAR reports that State Rep. Joe Solomon Jr. and state Sen. Mark McKenney, both Democrats from Warwick, submitted bills in their respective chambers Wednesday calling for a tax-free weekend August 10 and 11.

McKenney in a statement said neighbors Massachusetts and Connecticut have had sales tax holidays and Rhode Islanders go out-of-state to make purchases at those times. He says it would stimulate the economy.

Similar to the Massachusetts tax-free weekend, no excise or sales taxes would be collected on items the cost less than $2,500.

The holiday would not apply to sales of telecommunications, tobacco products, gas, steam, oil, electricity, motor vehicles or motorboats.

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