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0916, 30 Jul 19

No More Sales Tax Holiday in Wisconsin

Thanks, Governor Evers.

Since back to school shopping can get pretty expensive, Wisconsin held its first tax free holiday for shoppers in early August last year. During that time, shoppers could buy select clothing, technology, and other supplies without paying the 5% sales tax.

“I think they should have the tax free weekend because it helps a lot of parents. Especially when they only have one income and grandparents have to help,” said Callahan.


But Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has confirmed that the state will no longer participate in the event this year. He said it was a one-time deal enacted under the former Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

“I think parents are going to be purchasing school supplies whether they have an incentive or not. I just don’t think the incentive actually worked,” said Evers.

I agree that the sales tax holiday doesn’t work as an economic stimulant, but it sure was nice for parents and teachers who are spending hundreds of dollars on school supplies.


0916, 30 July 2019


  1. Pat

    The holiday was just another way to buy votes.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Evers just heaping more burden on poor and middle class.

    Shameful. Just shameful.

    When will Evers war on the poor end?

  3. Le Roi du Nord

    Why are teachers spending their money on school supplies?  Lack of funding to their respective districts?

  4. dad29

    No, LeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeRoy, there’s plenty of funding/student in the Publik Screwels.

    Unfortunately, the teachers’ salaries and benefits, plus the umpty-bazillion ‘staff’ at each school plus the Main Office–not to mention their extraordinary salaries and benefits, suck up the money.

    Too bad for the kids, eh?  But they don’t vote, so screw’em.

  5. Le Roi du Nord

    Sorry dud, you are 0 for 2019.

  6. Mar

    Lee Roi, I spent money on my classroom to personalize the room to my liking. But each classroom has a budget and sometimes a teachers wants more than the district wants to give

  7. Le Roi du Nord


    I applaud you for your teaching career, and for your use of your own funds to customize your classroom.  But I don’t think that is what Owen was referring to.  There should be SD funds to cover classroom needs.  Teachers shouldn’t have to subsidize.  I’m sure dud will disagreeeeeeeeee.

  8. Kevin Scheunemann


    Why don’t public schools cut overpaid
    Administrators if classroom supplies are such an issue?

    At $15k a public student and private does for half that and has classroom supplies….why is,that?

  9. Mar

    You will have no argument from me about the number of administrator and teachers not in the classroom but in an office.
    I taught in Milwaukee, Westfield, WI, Las Vegas and a couple of schools in Arizona. The smaller and rural districts are more frugal with their money. The larger districts waste so much money. Vegas is really bad. Milwaukee wasn’t too bad but that was 20 years ago and I’m sure it’s pretty bad now.
    It also depends on the school. I taught at the old North Division High School (I could tell some scary stories there) but Central Office could not care about us. Same thing when I was at Vincent. But they got more money and attention because they had an awesome basketball team that won state titles. But the principal at the time was so corrupt

  10. Le Roi du Nord


    I don’t know about $15K per student, it sure isn’t that much up here.  Fill us all in, facts would be a bonus.

    And I don’t think our administrative staff are over paid, and certainly don’t think the teachers are.  But why don’t you tell us all why they are.  And again, facts would be a bonus.

    And if you could comprehend the written word you would have noticed that I didn’t bring teachers buying school supplies into the discussion, so ask Owen.

  11. Mark Hoefert

    Kind of an ironic coincidence that when you click on the second link, an article from last year, the picture shows a sign saying “First time EVER in Wisconsin” .  The emphasis on the word EVER conjures up “EVERS”.  And the sign is at Shopko – a business that is fiscally bankrupt and no longer a going concern.

  12. Mark Hoefert

    I would have to agree that last year when this was enacted, I assumed it was a last minute attempt to buy votes, so I did not notice if it was spun as some kind of economic stimulus.

    Evers statement: “I think parents are going to be purchasing school supplies whether they have an incentive or not”

    Indeed. That seems to be rooted in the concept of compulsory public education – parents will accept the system as it is, whether or not they like it, and they will have no choice or say in the matter.  Parents and educators (not just public schools) will be buying these items out of necessity, so any “incentive” to do so is moot, when it is an action that is compelled.  And when it comes to a minor tax break for families and educators, well, too bad, too sad.

  13. Le Roi du Nord


    You are sure good at an apples to oranges comparison.  Do your religious choice schools deal with all the disadvantaged students that public schools are required to deal with?  Do they provide transportation ?  How about accountability?

    And per our school board chair, our rural district is teaching kids at under $12K/year.

  14. Kevin Scheunemann

    Private schools do it for half that.

    And have better test scores.

    Typical, you ignore the data.

  15. Le Roi du Nord

    You didn’t provide any unbiased data.  Yet you continue to make outrageous claims you can’t back up.  And you refuse to make an apples to apples comparison.  No doubt you are afraid of the results.

  16. jjf

    And if the kids aren’t doing better, then it’ll be about freedom and choice and religion.  I’ve heard it before.

  17. Kevin Scheunemann

    Because a 40% grad rate in MPS is worth defending?

    You both are shameful racists, not wanting the kids to escape the shameful, broken system.

  18. Le Roi du Nord


    I wasn’t defending MPS, I was defending truth.  And you brought out the race card. You are a shameless liar.

  19. jjf

    Kevin seems to like calling people racists.

  20. Kevin Scheunemann

    Liberals have gotten a pass on their rscism far to long.

    Here to call your racist policies out.

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