THE PEABODY ADVOCATE - Friday, August 4, 2017
Governor Baker ďŹ les sales tax holiday legislation Speaker DeLeo voices opposition, cites budget shortfall OSTON â€“ Governor Charlie Baker filed legislation on Wednesday designating August 19-20, 2017, as Massachusettsâ€™s sales tax holiday weekend to renew a tax-free weekend that generally occurs every year in the Commonwealth. The legislation would suspend the stateâ€™s 6.25% retail sales tax for the weekend on purchases of goods costing $2,500 or less, which will provide a welcome relief to consumers and bolster sales at businesses. â€œThe sales tax holiday gives
consumers a much needed break and supports business across the Commonwealth for our hardworking retailers,â€? said Governor Baker. â€œWe look forward to working with the Legislature to make this important weekend possible so the Commonwealth can shop local and make purchases tax-free.â€? â€œA tax-free weekend provides consumers with a great opportunity to support local businesses while saving money,â€? said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. â€œThis weekend will es-
pecially help out parents who are looking to make back-toschool purchases, and I look forward to working with our partners in the Legislature to see this legislation passed.â€? â€œThe sales tax holiday weekend suppor ts both Main Street and consumers in the Commonwealth, while also boosting economic activity in our cities and towns,â€? said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. In a statement from House Speaker Rep. Robert A. DeLeo, â€œIt makes little sense for
the Governor to file this legislation now when there are several similar bills already in committee. Each year our hope is to hold a sales tax holiday to give our hardworking citizens and local businesses a boost, which is why the House votes consistently in favor of the sales tax holiday whenever revenues allow. This year, the Commonwealth experienced unpredicted revenue shortfalls and accordingly, the Legislature had to make significant budget cuts to programs and
services. In doing so, however, we protected and prioritized the most critical services and programs. We also maintained our support for local cities and towns. These choices ultimately benefit local businesses, all of which require a strong local economy and infrastructure to thrive in the long-term. In addition, we will continue to work with local retailers to support federal action on creating a level playing field for internet and brick-andmortar businesses alike. â€?
Acoustic Archives Concert Series: Molly Pinto Madigan performs at the Peabody Institute Library
he Peabody Institute Library is pleased to announce the next concert in our Acoustic Archives Concert Series, which brings live music to the libraryâ€™s historic Sutton Room. The series continues with a CD release event for singer/songwriter Molly Pinto Madigan and will be held on Monday, August 14 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, which is located at
82 Main St. in Peabody. Winner of the Boston Folk Festivalâ€™s Songwriter Contest and a dual Creativity Award recipient from Salem State University, Molly Pinto Madigan is a young songwriter who has earned praise for her angelic voice. Filled with smoke and roses, heartbreak and beauty and unrelenting hope, her songs combine haunting melodies
with raw, poetic lyrics to create an intimate and evocative listening experience. The Acoustic Archives Concert Series is generously sponsored by the Peabody Institute Library Foundation. For more information and to reserve your seat, please call 978-5310100 ext. 10, or register online at http://www.peabodylibrary.org.
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