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Republican lawmaker proposes tax holiday for school supplies (access required)

Saying it will help parents, a Scottsdale lawmaker is proposing a sales tax holiday of sorts every summer to give parents a break on school supplies. Republican Rep. Jay Lawrence said he hopes to save "a little bit of money for moms and dads'' who have to buy items ahead of each school year. "Everything you use ...

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