As residents and local businesses prepare for sales tax free week, area legislators talked about the program and its future.
Connecticut Sales Tax Free Week will run from Aug. 18 through Aug. 24. It is the 19th year the state is offering the tax break for shoppers just before the start of school.
State Rep. Liz Linehan, D-Cheshire, said as a mother she will be taking advantage of the tax break.
“We need to be able to give families as much savings as we can, especially when you’re talking about families with multiple kids,” she said.
In February, Gov. Ned Lamont proposed eliminating sales tax free week next year, which he said would save the state an estimated $5 million annually.
State Rep. Mary Mushinsky, D-Wallingford, agreed the sales tax free week is popular with families.
“I’m happy to keep it ...,” Mushinsky said.
Linehan said she does not think the sales tax week will ultimately be done away with. Mushinsky said she feels the decision can be made next year, after a review of the state’s tax revenue.
“We can watch how the tax revenue coming in,” Mushinsky said.
State Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven, said the week helps families and businesses, which in turn helps the state’s economy.
“It shows that when you give a cost reduction benefit, customers come out,” said Fasano, the Senate’s minority leader.
“I’d like to see consumers utilize smaller, locally-owned businesses. It would be a real win win for everyone,” Linehan said.
The state’s current sales tax — 6.35 percent — will be waived during the week for clothing and footwear costing $100 or less.