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North Carolina parents and students have taken advantage of the sales tax-free weekend for clothing and school supplies since 2002.
But state lawmakers put a halt to the holiday last year.
"I took it for granted. It's something we get every year," shopper Shannon Britt said.
North Carolina lawmakers eliminated the holiday in the tax reform bill, saying it cost the state more than $13 million in lost revenue.
"It's normally a really big weekend for us, so it'll be interesting to see the first year there isn't a tax-free weekend how it affects us," Julie's Boutique manager Daisy Carpenter said.
The North Carolina Retail Merchant Association is now hoping to convince lawmakers to reinstate the sales-tax holiday, especially since it generated sales second only to Black Friday for many businesses. The association is looking at conducting a study to prove the state still makes money overall, since shoppers spend on gas and other non-taxable goods.
Many stores are now getting creative to entice shoppers: This weekend, Concord Mills is promising shoppers "better than tax-free savings" with an additional 10 percent off. Julie's Boutique also plans on offering deep discounts to customers.
"They'll still spend their time with us shopping and enjoy their weekend," Carpenter said.
Bargain hunters can still head out of state to South Carolina, where the tax-free weekend will be taking place next weekend.
Critics raise privacy concerns over your personal information and toll cameras that track where you go and when.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation explained Friday why their contract with Cintra talks about driver's medical records.
The NCDOT contract with Cintra stated the Spanish company must not make public driver's Social Security number, medical and criminal records.
NCDOT said that's not something Cintra will even collect.
The North Carolina Turnpike Authority will handle toll collections and they won’t ask for any of that.
The DOT needed to have protective language in the contract if that information ended up in Cintra's hands.
What's more disturbing to some drivers is that toll road sensors and license plate cameras will track their every move.
In the past, courts and law enforcement have used that data for criminal cases and even civil matters like divorce.
For years, the North Carolina ACLU has been trying to pass legislation to limit law enforcements' use of this data. They said there's no law that says police need a warrant to get it or who they can share it with.
“These are things that are perfectly legal. But none of the government's business,” said Mike Meno with North Carolina ACLU. “Whoever is controlling these cameras, can paint a vivid picture of your life and where you go. Even folks who have nothing to hide are entitled to their privacy.”
Terri and Jim O'Connor said it took months to clear their son of a car crash he wasn't involved in.
The license plate camera evidence implied he was at fault.
“The DMV sent him a letter saying he owed money because he ran a light and hit a car and criminal history and a civil rights group is raising concerns about a different type of history,” they said.
Another concern with tolls is the Turnpike Authority website has a warning right now about a phishing scam.
Some of its users are getting fake emails asking them to pay an overdue bill.
If you click the link, it downloads a virus that could steal your financial data.
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