State representatives introduce "back to school shopping" bills

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Some Michigan legislatures are working to make back to school shopping more affordable for families.

State representatives Nate Shannon and Matt Koleszar introduced a package of bills Tuesday that would create a "tax holiday" on the third Saturday in August of each year. This would eliminate both the sales and use taxes on certain items purchased on that date.

“There are so many things that students these days need to ensure they are taking full advantage of their educational experience,” Shannon said. “Our schools have reached a point of critical under-funding, and as a result are unable to provide their students with the supplies they need to be successful. The cost of success has been shifted over time from the schools, to the teachers, and now to the students. Our legislation would help reduce that cost.”

Some of the items eligible for tax exemptions would include clothing, notebooks, pencils, binders, calculators, personal computers and more.

“Despite a modest salary, teachers are spending an increasing portion of their own money on classroom supplies every year,” Koleszar said. “While we must continue to work toward paying our teachers what they truly deserve, this bill will provide a small step toward much-needed relief for educators who continually put the needs of their students above their own.”

The bill does set price limits for individual items that fall into any of the eligible categories.

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