We urge Georgia state legislators to seriously consider a bill that would waive sales taxes for back-to-school clothing and supplies.

This is the third year such a bill has been proposed, and it might have an even harder time passing because of an overall decline in sales tax revenue because of the slowing economy.

But it remains of utmost importance to consumers and businesses in areas such as Valdosta and other places in Georgia near states that do waive the tax.

In our case, it's nearby Florida, a short drive away, that can allow parents to save the cost of an entire outfit through the waiving of the sales tax.

As we said last year, parents of school-age children need as much financial support as possible. Salaries, adjusted for inflation, have not kept up with the costs of living in today's world. While one salary could allow our parents to pay a mortgage, clothe children and buy food, it's not the case today.

House Bill 439 seeks to exempt state sales taxes for only three days prior to the start of the school year. Sales of clothing, shoes, wallets or bags that cost less than $100 would be exempted.

We urge taxpayers to urge the Legislature and the governor to support H.B. 439.



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