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Sales Tax Free Week
Expansion of Free School Meals Program
Investments in Education

State Representative Joe Gresko, (D)
121st Connecticut House District

Dear Neighbor,

It’s that time again when we start winding down the summer and begin back-to-school preparations. I want to share news and events that will ease that transition for the upcoming school year.


As you may know, Connecticut’s 2023 Sales Tax Free Week begins on Sunday and runs through Saturday, August 26th. This is a great opportunity to take the kids back-to-school shopping or to treat yourself or your loved ones while saving money.  Many retailers in Connecticut offer additional discounts on clothing and footwear during Sales Tax Free Week, providing consumers with even more savings.

During this sales tax holiday, most clothing and footwear items priced under $100 are exempt from the Connecticut sales tax. The exemption during Sales Tax Free Week applies to each eligible item costing under $100, regardless of how many of those items are sold to a customer in the same transaction. The tax holiday applies to purchases made in-store, online, mail-order, and over the phone.

More information about Connecticut’s Sales Tax Holiday, including a list of exempt and taxable items, is available on the Department of Revenue Services website.


Hunger and the social stigma of not being able to afford school meals are significant barriers to learning. That is why I am pleased to report that Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Charlene M. Russell-Tucker announced plans to expand Connecticut’s Free School Meals Program for the 2023-2024 school year, enabling more students to receive access to nutritious breakfast and lunch at no additional cost to them or their families.


We made historic investments in education with millions of additional dollars allocated in the budget and a number of legislative measures that enhance Connecticut’s educational system.

Education is the cornerstone of a prosperous and thriving society. It empowers individuals, strengthens communities, and drives economic growth. Recognizing its pivotal role, I remain committed to working tirelessly to provide all students with the opportunities they need to thrive.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me at the Capitol at 860-842-0363 or email me at


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