Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
August 1, 2006
Contact: Margaret Justus, 713-236-0306

Ellis, author of tax- free holiday law, reminds Texas families to shop and save this weekend

Senator calls for a broader sales tax holiday to help Texans save more

Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis together with Texas Comptroller Carol Keeton Strayhorn held news conferences in Houston and Austin today reminding Texas families to shop tax-free for clothes and shoes August 4-6. This weekend marks the beginning of the eighth annual Sales Tax Holiday in Texas which Comptroller Strayhorn has estimated will save Texans $49 million this year.

“I am proud to have authored the sales tax holiday bill in 1999 that is designed to give working Texas families a much needed break this time of year,” Senator Ellis said.

“As a father of four school age children I know that ‘back to school’ can often times feel like back to being broke. As fuel costs and other expenses rise, it is good to have some money put back in your pocket over this three-day holiday.

Standing at the Goodwill store on the Katy Freeway, Senator Ellis also called for a broader version of the sales tax law.

“I will do everything possible to give working families even more relief come next tax free weekend. It makes perfect sense to add more days to the holiday and other needed back to school items to the tax free list such as backpacks and children’s safety gear like car seats and bike helmets.”

The Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 4, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 6.