Mall of America comes out against proposal to tax clothing


The Mall of America wants to continue to have no sales tax added to clothing sold in the state, despite a legislative proposal to tax more expensive garb. This week, Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope, introduced a bill calling for sales tax on individual clothing items costing more than $200. It's part of a broader focus this session on tax reform.

The MSP Business Journal quotes Maureen Bausch, the mall's executive vice president of business development, who insisted that adding taxesto clothing would deal a crushing blow to attracting tourists, including international ones.

"When we go to countries like Great Britain or China and we can say that we have no sales tax, you absolutely get their attention," saod Bausch. "They fly over L.A. and Chicago to land in Minneapolis."

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