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Mass. House weighing two-day sales tax holiday

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers are weighing a sales tax holiday for the weekend of Aug. 11-12.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey released a statement Wednesday saying that the holiday is aimed at helping local residents struggling with the ongoing economic downturn.

DeLeo also said the two-day holiday from the state's 6.25 percent sales tax will also give a boost to local businesses during what is typically a slow time for the year for sales.

A vote hasn't been scheduled yet on the bill.

Sales tax holidays have been approved several times in recent years.

The bill would have to be approved by both the House and Senate and signed by Gov. Deval Patrick before taking effect.

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