Some Lawmakers Support Tax-Free Weekend

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Our neighbors to the south just wrapped up a tax-free weekend and some state lawmakers say the idea is gaining support here in Kentucky.

For some retailers and shoppers in Tennessee, the first weekend in August is one of the busiest shopping weekends outside of Christmas season.

Will those deals ever come to the commonwealth?

WYMT's Marie Luby talked to some back-to-school shoppers who say, bring it on.

Moms are out in full force armed with eyes for spotting deals.

“My seven year old she's just all about pink and skirts,” Shelley Watts said.

For many it wasn't worth the gas to drive to Tennessee for tax-free weekend. Instead they're relying on limits and hoping they hold.

“For here today it's $125 but I've got a couple of other places. That's for each child,” Janice Clubb said.

JC Penney's manager says they had a strong showing last month but couldn't top last July's record-breaker.

Local Peebles employees say they definitely lost business to Tennessee over the weekend.

The chain also suffers from Kentucky's early August start date because most of their back-to-school merchandise and sales cater to kids heading back to class in September.

Bargain hunters and Kentucky retailers take heart, some lawmakers say next year a tax-free weekend could pass the General Assembly.

“We need to be in tune with the crisis that people are dealing with and help them in any way we can, and this is just one small way to do it,” Senator Brandon Smith said.

Moms say it'd save more than cash it might give them one less headache.

Opponents of a tax-free weekend say shoppers would wait to do all of their shopping in just two days, and stores might actually lose revenue.

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  • by Are you Kidding Location: Pikeville on Aug 5, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    Ky will not have a tax free nothing. They are always looking for more ways to pay for their higher salaries. A working person does not have a chance in this state. Just think about your property taxes, personal taxes on your cars and all the other taxes. Added the lottery and where does that money go. Sure not for the school system. All you can hear are the cuts schools have to make. And they wonder why we are behind everyone else. Hummmm Just some food for thought
  • by Barry Location: floyd county on Aug 5, 2008 at 07:40 AM
    Mr. Beshear won't let this happen, He's too greedy! Thats taking money out of his pocket! Maybe he can have a free gambling weekend or something since he likes immoral things so well!
  • by Bill on Aug 5, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    Nothing is tax free in Kentucky,nor will it ever be.
  • by BL Location: Harlan Ky on Aug 5, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    I hit Tennessee every year for the tax free weekend and do all my kids school clothes then. It's worth my drive to save on taxes. I'm taxed enough as it is!
  • by Sue on Aug 5, 2008 at 03:29 AM
    This would be a great idea. Especially those of us that are already having enough time getting by as it is. Some places have the free tax weekend twice a year. Once in the spring and once in the fall. I hope Kentucky does this as well..


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