With less than a week before a proposed sales tax holiday weekend, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has yet to sign the measure into law, leaving shoppers and retailers scrambling this week.
The legislation laid before the governor designates a tax free weekend in Massachusetts on August 16th and 17th, 2014.
The measure, included as part of a much larger economic development bill package, was laid before the governor on August 4th. Gov. Patrick has 10 days to either sign or veto the bill, meaning shoppers and retailers could have as little as only two days notice of a tax free weekend this year.
On Friday, a staffer for the governor’s office said that the bill currently does not have a date set for signing. Additionally, the staffer shared that the governor has given no indication whether or not he will sign the bill, given how complex and large in scope the economic development package is.
The Massachusetts state legislature passed a measure at the eleventh hour of the last legislative session of the season, which includes the tax free weekend.
The tax free weekend in August has been a near annual tradition in the state since 2006.