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Lawmakers propose sales tax holiday for Wis.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A pair of Republican lawmakers are proposing a sales tax holiday that would give Wisconsin shoppers a weekend to buy back-to-school supplies tax-free.

The sales tax holiday that would waive Wisconsin's 5 percent sales tax on school related items for the first weekend in August.

Shoppers at Target in Onalaska seem like they'd welcome the break.

"That would be a huge savings," said shopper Rebecca Beyer. "I've got four kids so that would be great. I mean, I spend hundreds of dollars in back-to-school supplies alone."

"I have to get a new backpack and binders and all that. I could spend close to $80 to $100 just for supplies and things I need, not even including clothing," said shopper Ashley Abbott.

The tax holiday would waive taxes on school-related items including: A clothing item with a price tag up to $75, a computer up to $2,000, school instructional materials up to $300 per item, and school supplies, as long as each item is less than $75.

Clothing sales in Minnesota are not subject to sales tax. Several shoppers said they've been making the trip to Rochester or the Twin Cities to buy their back-to-school clothes.

Rep. Chad Weininger, (R) WI 4th District and Sen. Rick Gudex, (R) WI 18th District, proposed the tax holiday.

"It'll certainly save the average taxpayer money. It's expensive shopping for these supplies for their children," said Tim Lakin, chief of staff for Gudex.

But before this proposal checks out, the state legislature needs to approve it.

Weininger and Gudex are also looking to exempt Energy Star products from the sales tax over a weekend in November.

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