Michigan Democratic Lawmakers Propose School Spending Holiday

Aug 19, 2019

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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