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Back To School Shopping A Little Cheaper In Maryland This Week

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By Cathy Carter

The summer vacation clock is counting down and stores are advertising back to school sales, and for those Maryland shoppers wanting to save a little more money, they might want to think about getting started this week.

At the Old Navy store in Bethesda, parents are taking advantage of Maryland's week long tax free holiday. Starting today, any item of clothing under $100 is exempt from the state's six percent sales tax.

"It's nice to have a little treat, especially when you're trying to budget for school clothes, it's something special," says David Battio of Bethesda, who is shopping for school clothes for his six-year-old.

In another corner of the store his neighbor Sarah Mitchell is outfitting her first grader. She says she's a fan of the tax holiday.

"I think it's a great idea, it definitely gets people out and shopping," she says.

Many economists on the other hand say the exemption will cost Maryland much needed revenue. That's why the District of Columbia discontinued it's tax free back to school holiday last year.

Virginia's three-day program ends today.

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