Mass. Jobs Bill Includes Sales Tax Holiday

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BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers are set to vote on an economic development bill that includes a two-day sales tax holiday.

The measure would exempt most items from the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax on the weekend of Aug. 11 and Aug. 12.

Restaurant meals, tobacco and single items that cost more than $2,500 would still be taxed.

The sales tax holiday is attached to a 115-page bill filed Monday night by a House-Senate conference committee. It’s expected to be voted on Tuesday, the final day of formal legislative sessions on Beacon Hill.

The bill calls for an array of measures aimed at creating new jobs.

Dropped from the bill was a Senate proposal to extend the state’s 5-cent bottle deposit law to plastic water bottles and other non-carbonated beverages.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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