The comprehensive list of budget priorities released yesterday by legislative Republicans includes a proposal backed by the Turner Republican
STATEHOUSE – When legislative Republicans released their list of Supplemental Budget priorities yesterday, they included the idea of a Sales Tax Holiday Weekend. Rep. Joshua Morris (R-Turner) previously proposed LD 1381- An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Holiday To Help Maine Businesses Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. That bill was rejected by majority Democrats.
“This attempt to give small businesses and consumers some relief from runaway prices is still alive,” said Rep. Joshua Morris (R-Turner). “I am hopeful that the idea of a Sales Tax Holiday will get a second look by legislators. The situation households now face is significantly worse than when Democrats rejected the bill last June. Inflation is costing the average U.S. household an extra $5,200 a year. I don’t care who gets the credit, people need to know that their government understands what they are going through and tries to help.”
“We’ve long advocated for Maine to hold a sales tax holiday. This is the perfect time to provide tangible relief to Maine families this year,” said Curtis Picard, President & CEO of the Retail Association of Maine.
The proposed Sales Tax Holiday Weekend would occur in early October of 2022. It would place a cap of $2,500 on any single item, with additional exceptions for certain items (Tobacco, motorboats, ect.)