Bill to create 3 tax-free weekends on hold until legislature back in session

Posted: 8:56 AM, Aug 03, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-03 08:56:28-04

School shopping is in full swing, and this upcoming weekend is when many states will be offering the tax-free shopping holiday for all those school supplies.

It's something that has been discussed by Michigan lawmakers, but will it happen this school year?

House Bill 5428 is still stuck in the Committee on Tax Policy and won't get any attention until state lawmakers return from their summer recess.

Republican Representative Lee Chatfield introduced the bill in March.

I spoke with his office, and I'm told while the tax-free bill is stuck in committee for now, the goal is the same, to get this enacted.

The bill would create three tax free weekends.

The idea was to have a tax-free weekend on school supplies on September 2 through September 5, on Pure Michigan items like camping supplies on the weekend of June 3, and on hunting gear November 4 through November 6.

Ohio's tax-free weekend is just days away.

Supporters here told us in March that this would get people spending in Michigan.

But, a hurdle for the bill, we are told that some state treasury officials and other legislators say the state really can't afford to lose that tax revenue.

The tax-free bill could get a fresh look once summer recess is over.

We will let you know what happens.