HINSDALE, N.H. (WWLP) - If Governor Deval Patrick has his way, the Massachusetts sales tax may go down by about 2%.
The proposed reduction, which would lower the sales tax from 6.25% to 4.5%, but some shoppers from Franklin County told 22News that it's still not the greatest deal for them.
Less than a half hour north of Greenfield is Hinsdale, New Hampshire; where shoppers do not have to pay any sales tax.
22News went to a Hinsdale grocery store, where it wasn't hard to find Massachusetts shoppers. They said that while any decrease in the sales tax would be welcome, they would still travel to the sales-tax-free zone, especially if they plan on buying big-ticket items.
"We shop at a lot of different places, and sometimes in Massachusetts, sometimes in Vermont, and sometimes in New Hampshire," Richard Rockstroh of Colrain said. "But generally, if you know we have to spend a lot of money, we'll come up to New Hampshire."
"I do all my shopping up here, grocery shopping here too. Get everything done, toys; save a lot of money up here," Ken Bacigalupo of Greenfield said.
The decrease in sales tax is part of Governor Patrick's new budget plan, which would also raise the state income tax from the current 5.25% to 6.25%.
Under the plan, all proceeds from sales tax would go to a public works fund that will maintain and improve highways, bridges, and public transit.