Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Media Use Only
August 11, 2008
Contact: Tina Tran
713-236-0306

MEDIA ADVISORY

State Legislators Kick-Off Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

DETAILS:WHO: Sen. Ellis, Rep. Noriega, Rep. Cohen, Rep. Coleman, Rep. Olivo, Rep. Thompson
 WHAT: Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Press Conference
 WHEN: Monday, August 11 @ 11am
 WHERE: Macy's Downtown
1110 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
 PARKING: The meters will be bagged by the City for the blocks outside the Macy's downtown store on Lamar and Dallas streets. These will be for media trucks. All other media should park in the Macy's garage (entrance on Travis, between Dallas and Lamar) and Macy's will validate their parking ticket for free parking.

(Houston, TX) - Senator Ellis will be joined by Representatives Rick Noriega, Ellen Cohen, Garnet Coleman, Dora Olivo, Senfronia Thompson, and other legislators at a press conference to kick-off the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, which will run from August 15th - August 17th. Also joining the legislators are students from the Quillian Center's Summer Camp Program.

Senator Ellis passed the bill creating the Sales Tax Holiday in 1999. Since then, Texans have saved nearly 388.1 million dollars. During the 2007 sales tax holiday alone, Texans saved 52.1 million dollars.

Tax-free items include backpacks, gym suits and uniforms, socks, and other back to school essentials. A complete list of the tax exempt items can be found at the Texas State Comptroller's website: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html.

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