• Gov. Patrick OKs summer sales tax weekend


    BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts shoppers can begin making up their shopping lists for another summer tax-free weekend.

    Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday signed the bill creating the tax holiday for the weekend of Aug. 10 and 11. Patrick approved the bill just days after lawmakers gave the measure their final approval.
    The one-time tax break will apply to retail sales, but will exclude any single item priced higher than $2,500.
    It also excludes vehicles, motor boats, tobacco, meals and utilities.
    Sales-tax holiday weekends have become something of a tradition in Massachusetts during the dog days of summers as lawmakers hope to give store owners and consumers a boost during a typically sluggish shopping season.

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