It’s pretty easy to understand why folks — parents of school-age children especially — might be upset with the Republican- run General Assembly this week. After all, most by now would be looking forward to and planning their paths from store-to-store for the annual tax-free weekend.
But for the first time in a number of years, North Carolina will not participate.
There is an exception locally, however, and that is at Leinwand’s in downtown Elizabethtown. You can read more in Erin Smith’s story on Page 1A today, but in a nutshell, owner Ricky Leinwand is smart enough to understand that the neighboring states of Virginia and South Carolina will still hold their tax-free weekends, and he doesn’t want his regular or potential customers traveling out-of-state with their money.
We will give the General Assembly a half-hearted thumbs up for dropping the Tar Heel state’s tax-free weekend, because we understand that the state’s revenues and spending need to be brought into balance.
And while the loss to the state’s bank account during the tax-free weekend might be a drop in the bucket compared with the big picture of things, we know the elimination of this particular drop is merely one of many that has been dried up in the name of responsible budgeting.
But although we give credit to the General Assembly for making the tough decision to end the tax-free weekend, we also hope that decision is a temporary one and that North Carolinians can look forward to what has always been one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.
We will also add our kudos to the folks at Leinwand’s for bucking the trend and continuing to offer tax-free shopping this coming weekend. It’s one more clear example of why Leinwand’s has not only been a successful icon for more than 75 years, but also a tremendous Elizabethtown and Bladen County supporter.
We only wish other retailers would follow suit.