Education

Guns, shoes...but what about books?

Rep. Jay Hughes, District 12, said he’ll lobby for a school supplies tax holiday in the new year. District 12 encompasses Oxford.
Rep. Jay Hughes, District 12, said he’ll lobby for a school supplies tax holiday in the new year. District 12 encompasses Oxford.

Guns, shoes ... but what about books?

Mississippi already has two sales-tax weekends, but at least one legislator intends to lobby for a school-supply tax holiday in the new year.

Legislators passed House Bill 348 in 2009 to provide a sales-tax holiday that allows customers to buy certain articles of clothing or footwear without paying sales tax. There’s also a gun sales tax holiday, called the Mississippi Second Amendment Weekend, which allows people to buy a wide range of hunting supplies — including guns — in September.

But there’s no sales-tax relief for parents and guardians to buy school supplies.

“Parents and guardians could purchase school supplies and clothing in retail stores located in Mississippi,” Rep. Jay Hughes said in a Facebook post.

Hughes is from District 12 in North Mississippi.

“We do it for guns and ammunition, yet our families have to leave and go to neighboring states to take advantage of their tax holidays,” he said. “Keeping those dollars here is good for families and Mississippi businesses.”

Hughes proposed having the school-supplies tax holiday coincide with the sales-tax holiday on the last weekend of July.

Justin Vicory: 228-896-2326, @justinvicory

  Comments