Sales Tax Holiday Bill Gets Mixed Reception in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two of the nation's largest and best-known corporations are lobbying in support of a bill that would waive sales taxes on purchases of some computers, back-to-school supplies and Energy Star products one weekend a year.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Apple Inc. are among those backing the bill that was subject to an Assembly committee hearing Tuesday. No one from either of the companies testified, but online records show they combined for 20 hours of lobbying on the measure last year.

Supporters of the Republican-backed measure say it will stimulate sales and draw people to stores on the designated weekends in August and November.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has voiced support for the idea, but Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says some Senate Republicans view it as a gimmick.

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