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Baker makes late pitch for summer sales tax break

(MGN)

Gov. Charlie Baker is making a last-ditch effort to put a sales tax holiday on the summer calendar, but legislative leaders quickly appeared to throw cold water on the idea.

The Republican governor on Wednesday filed a bill that would suspend the state's 6.25 percent sales tax on the weekend of Aug 19-20.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo said in a statement that the House had in past years supported a sales tax holiday "whenever revenues allow." He noted Massachusetts is currently experiencing "unpredicted revenue shortfalls" that have prompted budget cuts.

Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg said a public hearing would be held on Baker's bill, but also pointed to the state's tenuous finances.

The House and Senate are on August recess with no formal sessions scheduled until after Labor Day.

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