In a bipartisan effort by two Houston legislators, state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, a Republican, and state Senator Rodney Ellis, a Democrat, said at a press conference on Tuesday that they want to expand the state’s annual sales tax holiday weekend.
House Bill 1087 and Senate Bill 426 would increase the purchase limit amount on clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies that are eligible for sales tax exemption from $100 to $200. The measures also would allow some electronic devices — including computers, tablets and e-readers — to the list of items that will be tax-free during the sales tax holiday.
“Over the years, the back-to-school sales tax holidays have offered consumers important spending relief, but we need to make it reflective of ‘inflation creep’ and modernize the law to represent what students and consumers are buying in 2015,” Bohac said in a statement.
“As long as tax cuts remain on the agenda this session, I intend to fight for tax cuts that will go straight to families’ pockets,” he said in a statement.