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News from State Senator Steve Cassano

August 17, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Back to School Savings: Tax-Free Week Begins This Sunday!

back to schoolAugust means back-to-school shopping, and once again many items of clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 can be purchased without paying Connecticut sales tax during "Sales Tax-Free Week" beginning this Sunday, August 21, and running through next Saturday, August 27.

During Sales Tax-Free Week, most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $100 are exempt from Connecticut's sales tax.

Connecticut is one of just 16 states that offer a tax-free holiday for back-to-school clothing and footwear purchases. According to the National Retail Association, the average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend $630 on back-to-school shopping while the average college student or college family will spend $899 on back-to-college shopping. That means Connecticut residents can expect to save about $4.5 million in sales taxes next week.

There are no limits on how many items you can buy, so long as each individual item is priced at less than $100.

However, there are some limitations on which clothing and footwear items are tax-free. For example, special clothing or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity--such as goggles, shin guards, cleats or protective equipment--are not exempt from the sales tax.

For tax-free items that are on sale, so long as the reduced sales price is $99.99 or less, the item is tax-free.

I hope you'll make some time next week to take advantage of these tax savings for many of your back-to-school needs!

Connecticut's Job Growth This Year

JobsThere's been a lot of talk lately about Connecticut's place in the national economic recovery; unfortunately, a lot of that talk is not based on facts.

According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics released just a few weeks ago, Connecticut had some of the best job growth in the country in the first half of 2016. We ranked 21st out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, adding 13,400 new jobs from January to June, or nearly 1 percent of our total workforce.

Connecticut has been one of the top job-producing states in the northeast so far this year, outpacing Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Connecticut job growth also outpaced that of so-called "Red States"--states with Republican legislatures and governors who are supposedly more "pro-business." Connecticut topped Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, West Virginia, Kansas, Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and others when it came to adding new jobs in the first six months of this year.

Please also consider state Department of Labor statistics which show that--as of mid-July-- seven of the 10 major industry "supersectors" in Connecticut added jobs in the past month, led by financial activities, education and health services, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality

Connecticut's private sector has regained 95.1 percent of the private sector jobs that were lost during the Great Recession. Government employment in Connecticut, meanwhile, has lost nearly 15,000 jobs since 2010, and is now approaching a 20-year low.


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