NEW INFORMATION: Sales tax holiday bill gets mixed reception

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two of the nation's largest and best-known corporations are lobbying in support of a bill that would waive sales taxes on purchases of some computers, back-to-school supplies and Energy Star products one weekend a year.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Apple Inc. are among those backing the bill that was subject to an Assembly committee hearing Tuesday. No one from either of the companies testified, but online records show they combined for 20 hours of lobbying on the measure last year.

Supporters of the Republican-backed measure say it will stimulate sales and draw people to stores on the designated weekends in August and November.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has voiced support for the idea, but Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says some Senate Republicans view it as a gimmick.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A proposal that creates sales tax holiday weekends in August and November for certain items purchased in Wisconsin is up for a public hearing.

The Republican-backed bill was scheduled for a hearing Tuesday before an Assembly committee.

One sales tax holiday would be the first weekend in August. Sales taxes would not be collected on clothes and school supplies costing less than $75, computers less than $2,000, school computer supplies costing less than $250 and instructional material sold for less than $300.

Sales taxes would also not be collected the first weekend in November on Energy Star qualified products, such as energy-efficient appliances.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has voiced support for the idea, but Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says some Senate Republicans view it as a gimmick.


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