Senator Don Barrington, R-Lawton
Senate District 31
State Capitol Room 533A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: September 12, 2007
Sen. Don Barrington
Author of Sales Tax Holiday Praises Its
Sales tax collection numbers for the month of August show that
the much anticipated back-to-school sales tax holiday was a huge
success, resulting in increased revenue for the state of Oklahoma.
Senator Don Barrington, R-Lawton, author of the bill that created
the sales tax holiday, said he is excited to see how great a success
the holiday was for Oklahoma families and the results it continues
to bring to the state.
“These results show that the sales tax holiday was very beneficial
to our state and they also show what a positive impact the sales
tax holiday had on our economy,” said Barrington.
The collections report by state officials was released on Tuesday
showing that the state’s general revenue fund received $130.7
million from sales tax during the month of August, which was a $4.6
million increase from last year. This was due in large part to the
extra sales generated during the sales tax holiday.
The back-to-school sales tax holiday was created to help parents
who need to buy clothes and shoes under $100 for their children.
Businesses saw increased traffic since those shoppers no longer
needed to cross state lines to take advantage of the Texas sales
“When authoring this legislation, the goal was to save Oklahoma
taxpayers money, and keep shoppers in the state,” Barrington
added. “In addition to this goal, our economy received a boost.”
Barrington also thanked Democrat co-author Senator Jay Paul Gumm
from Durant for his bipartisan effort to help the sales tax holiday.
Senate bill 861 passed the Senate with the support of all 24 Republicans,
and received support from 9 Democrat senators. Fifteen Democrats
voted against the bill.
Oklahoma families can look forward to this holiday the first weekend
in August of every year.
For more information, contact:
Senator Barrington's Office: (405) 521-5563