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Bill Would Eliminate Sales Tax on College Textbooks

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 1, 2013

Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly says he got the idea from a college student: Eliminate state and local sales taxes on textbooks bought at college bookstores.

"If you spend an average of around $500 per session on your books, then that's $50 in your pocket.  That could be the difference between buying that next book or not," Donnelly says, adding that seven out of 10 college students aren't able to get the textbooks they need.

Several public employee unions oppose the measure.  For example, California Professional Firefighters argues the bill is so vaguely written that it could take far too much money out of state and local general funds at a time when public safety and other services can ill afford it.

The bill's first committee hearing is set for late April.

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