WLOX Editorial: Mississippi needs tax free holiday for hurricane supplies

It's the time of year when we all pay attention to any weather phenomenon that happens in the tropics. And we restock our hurricane supplies. But as we visit the stores and lay out our cash, it strikes us that maybe there should be a sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies.

If you buy a generator, flashlights, fuel tanks, tie down kits, water proof sheeting, batteries, portable radios or TVs, storm shutters, coolers for food storage; we think there should be at least one weekend when you can buy those items and more sales tax free.

Some in state government may argue that the state coffers can't afford the loss of revenue. But we would remind them of the dozens upon dozens of sales tax exemptions already on the books at the Mississippi Department of Revenue. They exist to help lots of groups economically.

Why not help the group of people who should prepare for hurricanes? This is not a brand new idea. Our next door neighbors in Louisiana already get a sales tax holiday weekend for hurricane supplies every year. If they can figure this out, so can Mississippi.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

Rick Williams
WLOX-TV General Manager

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