Lawmaker questions need for tax-free weekend

Posted August 2, 2011

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— The $19.7 billion state budget that lawmakers approved in June included deep spending cuts to many programs, yet it continued an annual event that costs North Carolina $12 million in revenue.

The tax-free weekend, which runs from 12:01 a.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, encourages people to shop for school supplies and clothing, stimulating the economy.

"We'll save quite a bit of money. With four kids, you need to save every penny," Raleigh resident Maureen Glasgow said.

The tax-free list includes clothing that's less than $100 per item, school supplies under $100, computer systems under $3,500, computer accessories less than $250 per item and sports and recreational equipment less than $50 per item.

Missy White, an incoming freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been waiting for this weekend to spend big.

"Maybe (I'll buy) a printer, some clothes. I need new running shoes," White said. "(I need) mainly paper, pencils maybe. I don't know what all is tax-free, but (I want to) get as much as I can."

Some lawmakers said they aren't buying the concept of a tax-free weekend, however, and might end the event next year.

School supplies Lawmaker questions need for tax-free weekend

"I would say probably postpone the program for the short term and evaluate it," said Sen. Richard Stevens, R-Wake. "What does it mean for the economy of the state versus what does it mean for the loss of revenue? If it's more loss of revenue than gain, we ought not to continue the program."

John Parker, father of three, said he has no plans to shop this weekend but wants the state to keep its annual sales tax holiday.

"I think it's good for families that are budget-conscious and for folks really taking advantage of every savings they can because it is hard times," Parker said.


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  • soyousay Aug 3, 2011

    perusing online thouhgts.. But it's the hypocrisy they exhibit that galls me

    it's that whole "job creator" thing

  • soyousay Aug 3, 2011

    arch..i mean really, if walmart announced a 7% off weekend sale

    actually good ole walmart could roll back the prices on their junk alot more than that, and many would still not shop there. This was really not focused on Walmart

  • soyousay Aug 3, 2011

    This evidently does not benefit the "job creators" enough for the republicans and their baggies to keep it

  • caryzoo Aug 3, 2011

    I feel this is helpful, unfortunately the timing is not conducive to really getting school supplies. Kids don't know what they need until the first day of school. Time it right NC, okay?

  • archmaker Aug 3, 2011

    it is kinda a government subsidy for business.

    i mean really, if walmart announced a 7% off weekend sale, would there REALLY be such mass hysteria to shop?

  • unblankenbelievable Aug 3, 2011

    Tax paying citizen questions the need to keep Richard Stevens on the payroll, and he's a republican too.

  • Perusing Online Thoughts Aug 3, 2011

    Funny to me that Republicans are so dead set against ANY tax increase or closing tax loopholes have no problem increasing state revenue by doing away with tax-free weekend. I actually agree that the tax-free weekend has minimal impact on most buyers. But it's the hypocrisy they exhibit that galls me.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 3, 2011

    I guess we'll need to do without for the tax revnue since now we got to pay for a bogus "More at 4" propaganda

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 3, 2011

    Yeah the people of NC need it, with Renee Ellmers in congress, the people of NC will need all the help they can get.

  • LambeauSouth Aug 3, 2011

    All this does is creates profits with more sales for those Big Corporations we already bailed out, find some Mom and Pop supply store or smaller chain to do your business, let those fat cats suffer the wrath of you "The Consumer"
    These big Corporations probably dreamed up this ruse!