Drastically differing views on this weekend’s sales tax holiday

Mississippi’s annual “sales tax holiday” for clothing and footwear begins Friday, aimed primarily at helping parents with back-to-school purchases.

I’ve received two correspondences on the holiday, one from a group saying it’s great, another saying it’s not.

The Mississippi chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses says it’s “a big help to small businesses amid a wobbly economy.” NFIB supported Mississippi’s tax holiday, which was passed by the Legislature in 2009 after years of debate.

Ron Aldridge, state director of the NFIB, said, “The sales-tax holiday puts people in the mood to shop, and we’re hoping they buy at least some of their school clothes … at small, locally owned businesses, because when you support small businesses, you’re supporting the community.”

Clarion Ledger