Michigan joins growing number of states working to eliminate ‘tampon tax'

Bill would remove tax on feminine products

LANSING, MICH. (WZZM) - A West Michigan lawmaker has introduced legislation to eliminate the state sales tax on tampons and adult diapers, a move that would save Michigan consumers millions of dollars annually.

If approved, Michigan would become one of nine states to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales taxes. Connecticut, Illinois and New York joined the fold this summer.

Michigan’s so-called tampon tax exemption would also apply to sanitary napkins and adult incontinence products.

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, introduced House Bill 5879 on Thursday. The measure has been referred to the House Committee on Tax Policy.

Michigan joins a growing number of states working to eliminate taxes on essential products used by women. Similar measures are pending in at least a dozen states. It’s not just here: Canada last year lifted its 5 percent tax on feminine hygiene products.

New York's governor in July signed legislation eliminating sales tax on feminine hygiene products; backers say it will save consumers an estimated $10 million annually.

"This is a regressive tax on essential products that women have had to pay for far too long and lifting it is a matter of social and economic justice,'' Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said at the time.

Connecticut, Minnesota, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are among states that do not tax menstrual products. Five other states do not have a sales tax.

California Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this week vetoed a bill to eliminate that state’s tampon tax.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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