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Charlie Baker OK’s sales tax holiday for this weekend

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Need a refrigerator? How about a backyard grill? Or an air conditioner? This weekend might be a good time to buy.

Need a refrigerator? How about a backyard grill? Or an air conditioner? This weekend might be a good time to buy.

On Friday afternoon, Governor Charlie Baker approved a sales tax holiday for Saturday and Sunday, when purchases across the state will not be subject to the regular retail levy of 6.25 percent.

“Our administration is proud to sign our second economic development bill to provide more opportunities to workers, strengthen Massachusetts’ economy and enhance workforce development programs,” Baker said in a statement.

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Baker had previously signaled his support for the holiday, but he held off on signing it into law while he reviewed the $1.15 billion economic development bond bill that accompanied it.

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Going out of state this weekend? The holiday will return in perpetuity in 2019. Lawmakers included the annual sales tax weekend reprieve as part of a “grand bargain” that they passed and Baker signed into law in June.

The tax reprieve doesn’t apply to cars, boats, meals or any items over $2,500.

Allison Hagan can be reached at allison.hagan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @allisonhxgan.