Letter to the Editor

Sales tax holiday lauded

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

With unemployment in Arkansas at the highest level in 24 years, at 8.1 percent, Arkansas Republicans know working families are feeling the pain from the gas pump to the grocery store.

That's why conservative lawmakers led on the passage of a back to school sales tax holiday during the 2011 legislative session, so that in times of economic uncertainty Natural State citizens can count on tax relief.

For over a decade, Republican lawmakers have advocated for a back to school sales tax holiday, and on August 6 and 7, the people of Arkansas enjoyed tax free shopping for the first time in our state's history.

Act 757 contributes to the success of public education in Arkansas by giving back to teachers, school districts and parents as they prepare for our upcoming school year.

Saturday, retail stores did not charge state sales taxes on purchases of school supplies, clothing and footwear that did not exceed $100 per item.

Various accessories such as jewelry and cosmetics under $50 were also exempt from state sales tax.

Derek Ford, First Vice Chair,

Republican Party of Sharp County

Ash Flat, Ark.