From the office of State Rep. Will Crocker (R-Centerville):
BOSTON – The House of Representatives has enacted a comprehensive economic development bill to enhance economic opportunities throughout the Commonwealth. The bill was passed on a unanimous vote of 151-0 on Wednesday, July 31st, 2018.
State Representative Will Crocker, R-Centerville, supported the bill and was able to successfully secure $200,000 worth of funding to go towards the design, impact studies, planning and development of the Oceanside Performing Arts Center in Hyannis. “I am very happy that I was able to secure this funding in the amended version of the bill. I, along with Representative Peake and Senator Cyr, worked tirelessly with Chairman Wagner of the Economic Development Committee to ensure that this funding would stay in the bill. This money is part of the initial design and engineering work that will ultimately bring to Cape Cod, a world class venue that will attract patrons of all the arts, and I am so glad to be a small part of it. The Economic Development bill facilitates projects in our communities that will help our businesses grow and thrive. This is good for the tourism and hospitality industry on the Cape, which is one of the largest economic drivers in the region,” said Representative Crocker.
In addition to funding local projects, the Economic Development bill would allow Massachusetts residents to receive a temporary reprieve from the state sales tax for the first time since 2015, under a House proposal designating a two-day sales tax holiday on August 11 and 12, beginning in 2018.
Representative Crocker supported the proposal, which was adopted by the House of Representatives on a 124-18 vote as part of a comprehensive economic development bond bill on July 10. The Senate also approved the sales tax holiday. “I am thrilled that the Senate saw the economic benefits of the sales tax holiday and am pleased that we have reinstated the sales tax holiday beginning this year.” The tax-free weekend must still be signed by Governor Charlie Baker before it can take effect.
House Bill 4732 would waive the state sales tax for purchases made on August 11 or 12 on most items costing less than $2,500. Certain items would still be taxable on those two days, including telecommunications services, tobacco and marijuana products, motor vehicles, and meals.
The economic development bond bill now moves to the Governor’s desk for his signature.