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Bill would make school supplies cheaper for one weekend in Kentucky

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Back to school shopping can be expensive, but you could get a little break next summer if a bill is passed in the next Kentucky General Assembly session.

Gerald Brashear is a 4th grade math teacher at East Perry Elementary School in Hazard, and says students having school supplies is not always a given.

"It's getting more quite often that you see them that they can't afford to purchase the regular supplies for school," said Brashear.

So he spends at least $50 to $100 every year on things each student needs.

"If they need a pencil in my room, I want to be able to say "Here's a pencil,'" Brashear said.

But a bill, if passed by Kentucky lawmakers, could make school supplies less expensive for a short time. State Representative Fitz Steele has prefiled the Sales Tax Holiday Bill, which means you could buy school supplies and clothes with no sales tax for one weekend.

"Anytime you can save money on school, it helps a lot of people," said Janet McReynolds, a parent of two children at East Perry Elementary School.

"Things are just so expensive now. If parents or grandparents could save say five or ten dollars on each child, that would mean a whole lot," said Delbert Miller, a grandparent of three children at East Perry Elementary School.

And Representative Steele says it would also help the local economy.
Tennessee began offering a sales tax holiday several years ago.

"To my knowledge, none of our other surrounding states around us have a sales tax holiday so we can bring in the people from Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois and Missouri," said Representative Steele.

He says he has tried for several years to get this legislation passed.

If the bill is passed, the sales tax holiday would be the during the first or second weekend in August.

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