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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