State announces legislation to make August, September 2021 sales tax holiday months

Massachusetts

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker made a huge announcement Wednesday that could put money back into the pockets of Massachusetts residents.

During a news conference, Gov. Baker said he wants to boost the Commonwealth’s economy by removing the 6.25 percent sales tax for the months of August and September. He said his plan, if enacted by the legislature, would put more than $900 million back into the pockets of residents all across the state.

“After this very tough year, our tax payers and our small businesses deserve a break,” Baker said.

Shortly after the governor’s announcement, lawmakers took to Twitter to show their opposition to the plan. Amherst state representative Mindy Domb said the plan was a horrible decision and Northampton State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa argued that it wasn’t progressive enough.

The bill will now head to the legislature for consideration. The governor is hoping to see lawmakers act fast to get this done before August but legislative leaders say they are planning to have a robust debate.

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