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Michigan Democratic Lawmakers Propose School Spending Holiday

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Michigan residents could get a break on their back to school shopping.  As Cheyna Roth reports, recently introduced bills would create a back to school spending holiday.

Michigan parents and teachers would have the third Saturday in August to do their back to school shopping.  Under the bills, certain supplies, clothes, and even computers would not have a sales or use tax on that day.  

Democratic Representative Matt Koleszar is a bill sponsor.  He says he’s talked to people in other states that have created the holiday.  And he says it’s successful.

“This is not something that’s reinventing the wheel, this is not something that’s never been tried before.”

The bills are waiting for a committee hearing.  The Legislature is expected to return from summer break at the end of the month.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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