BOSTON – In the latest effort to support veterans, military members and their families in Massachusetts, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to expand benefits, increase access to services and strengthen the recognition and honor given to our service men and women, Senator Sal DiDomenico announced.
“With this bill, we are reinforcing our commitment to the brave men and women who have fought and who continue to fight for our country,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico. “It will provide additional benefits and opportunities to thousands of veterans and their families across the Commonwealth, and I’m proud to have supported this legislation and voted in favor of it.”
The Massachusetts Legislature recently approved a bill to create a sales tax holiday on August 10th and 11th, marking the eighth year the Commonwealth will provide a two-day sales tax exemption, announced Senator Sal DiDomenico. The legislation is designed to increase sales for local businesses and provide relief to consumers, particularly as families prepare for a new school year.
“The sales tax holiday is good for businesses and consumers alike,” said Senator DiDomenico. “Not only does it boost sales for businesses in my district when sales are typically down, but it also provides financial relief for struggling families and frees up money that they can use elsewhere. I encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity as they shop for necessary back-to-school supplies for their children or large purchases they have been holding off on.”
“Continuing the sales tax holiday is good for our recovering economy,” said Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth). “Not only does it boost sales but it puts extra money in people’s pockets, raises consumer confidence and helps families and parents who have to buy electronics for back-to-school. This legislation provides much-needed financial relief to residents while benefiting both large and small retail businesses.”
As in previous years, the sales tax holiday will apply to purchases under $2,500. It excludes vehicles, motorized boats, tobacco, meals and utilities.
The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.