W.Va. Gov. Wise promotes sales tax holiday plan
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town
West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise paid a visit to the Martinsburg Mall Wednesday afternoon to promote his idea of a "tax holiday" for parents buying back-to-school merchandise for their children.
Wise is asking the Legislature for permission to lift the state's 6 percent sales tax on clothing, shoes and school supplies on the first weekend in August.
The tax break would be limited to items costing less than $100.
The tax break not only would help parents save money on one of the most expensive shopping trips they make each year, but it could spur retail sales, Wise said.
The governor said the tax break would draw more customers to stores, especially those from neighboring states.
Standing inside the mall, Wise used a chart to show how much the tax holiday could help a family buying back-to-school supplies for a child. Wise used an example of the family buying a pair of shoes, a shirt, short pants, long pants, T-shirts and socks for a total of $200.87.