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Business Backlash

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The state of Indiana is now in damage control mode following business related backlash to a new law.

Recently Indiana’s governor signed a law that critics say would allow business owners to discriminate against gay or lesbian customers. While the law itself does not mention same sex customers, it allows business owners to turn people away on religious grounds. Critics are concerned that people will use that to discriminate against customers based on sexual preference. And they are making their opinion loud and clear.  read more »

Tax Free Shopping

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People in the south are celebrating a new holiday and its tax free.

Last week Arkansas shoppers braved record high temperatures to join in on the first ever tax free shopping weekend. In February the state’s lawmakers approved the holiday to give parents a tax break on their back-to-school shopping; this included savings on clothes, school supplies and uniforms.

Clancy Graham is the owner of a boutique in Arkansas and says the amount of business brought in by dropping the tax was unbelievable. Graham says their sales goal was tripled and more money was made in that one weekend than over the entire month. But while shoppers are gleefully spending the state is feeling the pinch. Officials say the tax free holiday will cost the state about $2 million in revenue.  read more »