January 22, 2008
REP. BACKER CALLS FOR REINSTATED
SALES TAX EXEMPTION ON ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES
Representative Terry Backer (D-Stratford) during a press conference at the State Capitol, called on legislative leaders to revive a sales tax holiday on Energy Star-rated appliances.
"As our local and global energy supply becomes more expensive, it's important that the State of Connecticut help people conserve today and into the future—we will need more and more conservation," Representative Backer said.
Included in the energy package approved by the legislature last year, the sales tax exemption was originally slated to last one year but was reduced to a three-month sales tax holiday in the state's biennial budget. Reinstating the sales tax exemption would cost the state a projected $7 million in tax revenue.
Appliances affected by the tax exemption include refrigerators and freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, water coolers and battery chargers.
State Representative Terry Backer was first elected to the General Assembly in 1993. He represents the 121st Assembly district and is Assistant Majority Whip. He serves as the Appropriation Committee's Sub-Chair of Conservation & Development, and the Energy and Technology Committee as well as the Environment Committee.