Sales tax-free week begins Conn.

August 16, 2009 3:02:59 PM PDT
Despite Connecticut's budget woes, this year's sales tax-free week is still a go. Both Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the General Assembly's majority Democrats had proposed scrapping the tax exemption on most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $300, saying the state could no longer afford it. But without an agreement for a new two-year budget, the week will continue.

It starts Sunday and runs through Aug. 22.

Connecticut has offered the week-long exemption from the 6 percent sales tax for nine years. It's expected to cost the state $3.3 million.

Rell and lawmakers have been at odds on how to cover a two-year, $8.56 billion budget. Connecticut and Pennsylvania are the last remaining states that have not yet passed a budget.


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