Tax-free shopping week begins, but it could be the end of the tradition

(08/17/03) STAMFORD - Connecticut is having its annual "tax-free week" for clothes and shoes under $300. With the tight economic times nowadays, this may be the last time it happens.

On Sunday, people packed the Stamford Town Center Mall to browse and buy pants, shirts and shoes, but the annual tradition may soon come to an end. With a tight state budget and the state already slashing spending, tax-free week was also cut.

State Senator Andrew McDonald (D-Stamford) says the costs of keeping the Connecticut shopping promotion were too high. Some retailers believe losing the annual tax-free week would mean a decrease in business during the important back to school shopping period. Many customers and retailers are hoping the tax-free shopping week becomes an annual tradition again.

State Senator McDonald adds that he will push to bring back tax-free shopping week if the economy turns around.

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